Vocations 3: Daughters of the Holy Cross

Vocations 3: Daughters of the Holy Cross

As part of our series on vocations, I asked Missy Lamb to give us a write up on the Daughters of the Holy Cross, a lay order that helps Anglican women live out their vocation with other women. While this is similar in some respects to the religious orders discussed in our first vocation post, these women do not live in religious communities the way monks or nuns would. I'd encourage any ladies out there to prayerfully consider if the Daughters might be a way to help live out your Christian vocation.


Who Are the Daughters of the Holy Cross?

The Daughters of the Holy Cross is a national order, instituted in September 2009, to provide Anglican women a way to support and encourage each other in living a lifelong vow to follow our Lord and further His work in the world by focusing on four rules of life:  prayer, service, study, and evangelism, as inspired by the Orders of St. Benedict.

The name of the Order exemplifies a committed closeness to the cross of our Lord as servants.  Daughters pray daily for our Church, its clergy, our Order, and others in need.  They reach out to those who do not know Jesus to share his message of salvation through word and deed.   A member of the Order continually studies God’s Word, in order to gain wisdom, understanding, discernment, and strength.

Daughters habitually wear the special cross of the Order as a symbol  to those they meet that they are a Christian, as a symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice, and of their need for Him to be Lord of their lives.

Each Daughter has gone through a lengthy discernment period, praying for direction, studying the Bible, and listening for God’s voice.   A lifelong vow would be impossible without God’s guidance.  It is more an expression of trust in the One who has given us this call.

Our All Saints chapter meets the second Saturday of every month at 10 am in Ballard Hall. We include study and projects for the church, and work with other church ministries to meet the needs of our congregation and those less fortunate than we.  Each Daughter uses her individual gifts to enhance the work of the Order.  The monthly meetings are open to all women, and we encourage you to pick up a brochure in the Narthex or come to one of our meetings to get to know us, and learn more about this special calling.


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