From The Prayer Journal of Fr. Jack Tolley
Daughters of the King
I have been an admirer of The Daughters of the King ( DOK ) for a long time. I thought you would find a bit of DOK history and their Patron Saint, Margaret, Queen of Scotland, interesting. Maybe you too may feel called to be a DOK. The DOK is an Order for women of the Episcopal Church. It was organized in 1885. Every DOK pledges herself to a lifelong program of prayer, service and personal evangelism, dedicated to the extension of Christ's kingdom, and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish. There are more than 14,000 DOK women in the United States and the world. The emblem of the Order is a silver Greek cross, which members wear at all times. Latin words inscribed on this cross broadly translate, " With lofty heart, mind and spirit uphold the Cross." The initial, FHS, at the base of the cross remind DOK members that prayer, service, and evangelism, are "For His Sake.”
St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland - Died Nov.16, 1093. Exemplary Wife, Queen, and Mother.
Queen Margaret was one of the most lovely Queens there has ever been, and she was loved so because she herself loved so much, and did all she could for her subjects. Above all, she loved God, and loving her people, she wanted them to love God, too. And she also built Edinburgh Castle many years ago, and a little Chapel, that is called after her now - St. Margaret's Chapel." Into this place during these long years Scotland's folks have come: those who were in great power, those who were in great humility, or just ordinary folk like you and me, who aren't great in much. Not only Scots come now but people from all over the world.
Margaret married King Malcolm and became Scotland's most beloved and revered Queen. She was always a deeply religious person, showing great interest in the church and great compassion for the poor. In her youth she considered a religious vocation and in her maturity found one, as wife and mother. Her firm and loving influence on the king, the church, her children, and the people, virtually renewed the whole life of Scotland. Their son, David, became one of Scotland's finest kings.
Blessings, love, and hugs,
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