ABOUT THE ORDER
Who We Are
We are members of a lay order for women in the Episcopal church.
Our objective is to bring women and girls into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, through his Church.
As Daughters, we pledge ourselves to a Rule of Life – a lifetime of daily prayer, service and personal evangelism.
We are young and old, rich and poor, beautiful and plain, community leaders and quiet women, doctors, teachers, secretaries, executives and housewives, sinful and wavering, generous and strong.
What We Do
We vow to pray daily for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom, for God’s blessing on the work of our Order, for the spiritual growth of our parish. We have undertaken many projects in the Church and community.
Emblem of The Order
The emblem of the Order is in the form of a modified Greek fleury cross inscribed in Latin, “Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine,” the watchword of the Order, meaning “With heart, mind and spirit uphold and bear the cross.” At the base of the cross are the letters “FHS”, initials that stand for the Motto of the Order: “For His Sake"
The emblem, never wavering from the original design, has been trademarked for the exclusive use of the Order.
The cross (either pewter or sterling silver) is worn at all times. It is customarily worn on the left side over the heart or it may be worn on a silver chain around the neck, but it is never to be worn simply as an ornament. Only a member in good standing may wear the cross of the Order, which remains the property of the Order. When a Daughter dies, her cross may be buried with her or incorporated into her memorial; otherwise, it must be returned to the National Office.
Where We Are
We are located in middle Tennessee— the area between the north and south borders of the state of Tennessee and bounded by the Tennessee River in the west and approximately the Eastern time zone line in the east
We belong to a mega church of about 16,000 members, the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee. This is a missionary diocese dispersed in 50 missionary outposts (congregations) throughout the diocesan area, and led by the Bishop, The Rt. Reverend John C. Bauerschmidt, with the cathedral and diocesan offices in Nashville.
History of the Order
The Order of the Daughters of the King® is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Today our membership includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran churches. The order was founded in 1885 by Margaret J. Franklin at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in New York City.
Our Anglican tradition includes Episcopal oversight, Holy scripture containing all things necessary for salvation, recognition of the gift of the Holy Spirit in Baptism, the real presence of our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and worship according to The Book of Common Prayer.
Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.
The Order of the Daughters of the King® is organized as a religious order. Each Daughter takes a lifetime vow to live by the Rule of Order. Our Rule of Life requires a spiritual discipline of daily prayer, service and evangelism. Because of our vow, we refer to ourselves as an Order, not an organization. Our bylaws prohibit us from raising funds.