Order of the Guardians of the Cross
Our rule of life to follow is one devoted to the service of the church through sacramental action, prayer and devotion of service. We do so for the protection and service of the church (the body of Christ).
The men and women of this pious order are to love the Lord Jesus with their whole heart, with their whole soul, with their whole mind and with their whole strength Mark 12:30; and they are to love their neighbor as themselves ~ Matthew 22:39.
They are to flee from their vices and sins and like the prodigal son, return in all haste and confidence to the Father who is love. They must deny themselves and take up their crosses daily and follow Christ. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it ~ Luke 9:23-24.
The Order of the Guardians of the Cross is marked by charisms:
- + Care of the Sanctuary
- + Ministry of the Word (particularly in the absence of clergy)
- + Catechism Instruction (Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation)
- + Prayer for the Faithful (at Mass, at homes, at care facilities)
- + Eucharistic Ministry (at Mass and in extreme circumstances)
The Order of the Guardians of the Cross is a fellowship of people both male and female, who are willing to take vows, seeking to express their lives in a centered and structured way; displayed through love, sacrifice, service and committed to the church and each other.
The distinguishing outward mark for them is a white alb with a red cincture. The white alb represents the purity of Christ; the red cincture symbolizes the saving blood of Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Women may also wear a white or red habit. Men will take on the title of brother and women will take on the title of sister (i.e. Sister Mary, Brother Joseph).
The order of life is:
- + At least weekly Eucharist
- + Daily private prayer
- + Monthly corporate prayer times (sharing meals, fellowship, encouragement etc.)
- + A devotion to at least two specific charisms of the order.
- + Attendance at our annual convergence conferences and or directed Order retreats.
For more information, please contact Father Michael