A knight is one elevated by a king to a position of special trust, service, and honor. He is one who has made the interests of his king his own. He serves and protects his lord not for profit, but from the kind of selfless loyalty that can only be called noble.
Jesus is the Eucharistic King Whom the Knights of the Holy Eucharist have pledged themselves to serve and to defend. As loyal Knights, they willingly lay down their lives not only for Him, but also for all that is His. It is for this reason that their protection and service extends to His holy Temple.
When did the Knights begin?
By the summer of 1998, construction on the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama, was well underway. It was at this time that Mother Angelica saw a genuine, pressing need arise: With 400 acres of land and a soon-to-be-completed Shrine that would become a place of pilgrimage for thousands from around the world, Mother needed some hard-working, God-loving, dedicated men to serve these growing, pressing, permanent needs of the Shrine. And so, on July 25, 1998, the Knights of Holy Eucharist came into existence–and have been working and praying hard ever since!
Serving at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament provides a quiet yet active setting which serves as a true spiritual oasis. Here men find the opportunity to separate themselves from the world and live a deeply spiritual, yet still active life…a life that gives them the perfect opportunity to one day become GREAT SAINTS!
What do the Knights do?
Called to serve at Masses, Healing Services, and Benediction, the Knights give public witness to the profound reverence and devotion befitting such sacred service. They also provide assistance, tours, and talks to the many pilgrims who visit the Shrine.
Desiring to support the sublime vocations to the priesthood and the religious life, priests, deacons, religious brothers, and seminarians are invited to come away and rest awhile at the Shrine. Beautiful retreat accommodations are available free of charge. Hospitality is provided by the Knights, and all meals are complimentary. During their stay, our guests are allowed to join community activities. Visit priestretreat.com for more information.
Prayer is an essential part in the life of any Christian, and is especially so for a Knight. Spending time in adoration before Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament is the MOST IMPORTANT “work” of our day. The Knights take scheduled shifts for adoration throughout the workday for prayer and to protect our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Love is the key to our service of God. The more we grow in our love for God, the more we desire to serve. This way, our daily work becomes a labor of love.