Night of Knights
“A man must go on a quest to discover the sacred fire in the sanctuary of his own belly to ignite the flame in his heart.” -Sam Keen
These First Friday evening gatherings are at the very heart of this apostolate, and they inspire men in two very important ways:
- Supernaturally, as it places men in an environment of Awe and Divine Love
- Awe, as we reverently place ourselves before the exposed Blessed Sacrament.
- Divine Love, as we obediently utilize the rich tradition of Catholic Sacraments and prayers in seeking union with God.
- Naturally, as it places men in the company of strength. There are few natural sources of inspiration greater than being in the company of others who share your resolve to be a fully committed Disciple of Christ.
GATHERING – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Men arrive as they are able (business dress, if possible)
HOLY HOUR – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (optional)
1) Angelus (as Angelus Bells ring, if possible) – The Angelus (or Regina Caeli, during eastertide) is prayed while facing Blessed Mother (remain standing).
2) Procession The priest, (or deacon) along with two servers, processes to the sanctuary of the church.
3) Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – All kneel and the Host is exposed by an assistant deacon or priest. All sing, O Salutaris Hostia, and incense is offered as usual.
4) Confession – Having reverenced the Blessed Sacrament, the celebrant then goes into the Confessional and is available for the Sacrament of Penance until approximately 6:55.
5) Vespers – A leader of prayer (deacon, if possible) then leads the men in Vespers, which is sung whenever possible, and if the ministers and vestments are available, is celebrated solemnly.
NIGHT OF PRAYER – 7:00 – 8:00 PM (men expected to arrive by this time)
1) Procession – The priest, (or deacon) along with two servers, processes to the sanctuary of the church – if they are not already in the sanctuary from vespers (all kneel for Chaplet and Benediction).
2) Divine Mercy Chaplet
3) Meditation – Guest priest (deacon or other) gives 30 minute reflection on topic related to masculine spirituality.
- All sing, Tantum ergo.
- Priest stands and goes up to the altar, to the place in front of or behind the altar from where he will bless the assembly with the Blessed Sacrament.
- Divine Praises are sung or said.
- Reposition – All sing, Holy God We Praise Thy Name. The celebrant goes to the altar to repose the Blessed Sacrament.
ROMAN SOCIAL WITH FOOD – 8:00 PM (School Gym)
The Knights of Divine Mercy are firm believers in the old adage, “If you feed them, they will come!” The social has a Roman theme, with pizza, bread sticks, etc.
***A $10 free will offering helps with the costs.
Announcements and Information
- The announcements are a wonderful time to inform men of the many opportunities to engage the world as a strong Catholic man.
- Groups who appreciate the resolve of our knights, come to display opportunities to serve and learn.