|Levels of Membership in Knights and Dames of the Holy Rosary:|
1. Socios (pronounced "So-shee-ohs") = Associate
One commits oneself to at least the minimum requirements for Knights, i.e.,
Benefactors are also considered Associates and are to be included in the prayers, sacrifices, and Masses of all Members.
2. Militia = Infantry
One commits oneself to the minimum requirements (above), plus the
3. Cavaliers = Equates
One commits oneself to the minimum requirements (above), plus one
or more of the following commitments:
RECOMMENDED SPIRITUAL PRACTICES AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE KNIGHTS AND DAMES OF THE HOLY ROSARY:
Prayer ("Oratio") and Penance ("Poenitentia"): Pray the Rosary daily while meditating on the mysteries (all twenty mysteries if possible).
Carry rosary leaflets and at least one extra blessed rosary with you at all times to share with someone. Wear your rosary on your belt.
Consecrate yourself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, especially according to the method of St Louis De Montfort described in The Secret of Mary and in True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Wear the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt Carmel as a sign of personal consecration to Mary. Attach the Miraculous Medal to it.
Make the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. (See Fatima/Rosary)
Offer up prayers, sacrifices and your daily duties for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for your own sins, for the sins of others, and for the offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (See Fatima/Rosary)
Attend daily Mass when possible.
Make visits to the Blessed Sacrament.Recite often the prayers taught by Our Lady and the Angel at Fatima. (See Fatima/Rosary)
Read and meditate daily on Sacred Scripture, especially the gospels.
Pray the divine Office.
Make the daily Morning Offering. (See Fatima/Rosary)Make the Way of the Cross, especially on Fridays and during Lent. Study the Catholic faith, especially the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Compendium of theCatechism of the Catholic Church, and This is the Faith. Study the Message of Fatima. Have statues and/or pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in your home, and even make them available to others. Fast and abstain from meat on Fridays in honor of Christ's passion and fast and/or abstain on Saturdays in honor of Mary's sorrows. Extend the fast before receiving the Holy Eucharist beyond the minimum requirement. Greet other Knights and Dames with a spiritual greeting, such as "Ave Maria" and/or "Praised be Jesus Christ!" Response: "And his Most Holy Mother Mary!" Undertake other forms of prayer, penance (under a spiritual director's guidance), spiritual reading, and apostolic activity. Purity ("Castitas"): In our contemporary sex-saturated, pornographic society in which impurity reigns, Knights and Dames of the Holy Rosary seek to reflect and promote the virtues of chastity and modesty: Observe the virtue of chastity according to your state in life: if unmarried, total abstinence from all deliberate sexual pleasure, whether alone or with another person; if married, fidelity to your lawful spouse, no artificial birth-control, every conjugal act open to God's gift of life; "Many marriages are not of God and do not please Our Lord." (Our Lady of Fatima) No pornography: zero tolerance! Speak out against this great evil which enslaves so many souls and leads them to damnation.Dress, speak, and behave modestly, remembering that the virtue of modesty is the guardian of chastity. Publicly defend the virtues of chastity, purity, and modesty when it is appropriate.Take seriously and share with others Our Lady of Fatima's words: "More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason." "Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much." "Woe to women lacking in modesty." (See important notes 1 and 2 at bottom of Fatima/Rosary page) Share with others Our Lady of Fatima's words and Catholic teaching regarding purity and modesty. Read and share with others the booklet "Pure Love" by Jason Evert (see "Chastity" link under "Categories"). Keep good custody of your eyes and your imagination against all occasions of sexual sin. Act of Contrition: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen. "O Lord, make me a saint. Keep my heart always pure, for you alone." (Prayer of Sr Lucia, Fatima seer, before her First Holy Communion) 1. Socios (pronounced "So-shee-ohs" = Associate)
One commits oneself to at least the minimum requirements for Knights , i.e.:
a. A desire to stop sinning;
b. a willingness to observe chastity according to one's state in life;
c. a willingness to pray the Holy Rosary and promote it in some way (e.g. wearing a Knights or Dames shirt, etc.).
2. Militia (Infantry)
One commits oneself to the minimum requirements (above), plus
a) the wearing of some mark(s) of one's affiliation in the Knights, e.g. the rosary on one's belt, patch(es) on one's clothing, bumper stickers and/or car decals, etc., and
b) some form of apostolate, e.g. sharing rosary leaflets and other Catholic literature with others.
3. Praetorian Militia
One commits oneself to all the Militia requirements, plus daily Mass and Rosary (five decades).
4. Equites (Pronounced "Eh-kwee-tess" = Knights on motorcycles or Cavalry)
One commits oneself to the minimum requirements, plus, as in the Militia, the wearing of some mark(s) of one's affiliation in the Knights, e.g. the rosary on one's belt, patches on one's clothing, bumper stickers and/or car/motocycle decals, etc., and some form of apostolate, e.g. sharing rosary leaflets or other Catholic literature with others. One must also possess and ride a motorcycle (at least 500 cc) and be willing to show some visible sign of one's affiliation with the Knights both when riding and not riding.
5. Praetorian Equites
One commits oneself to all the Equites requirements, plus daily Mass and Rosary (at least five decades).
Other Recommended Spiritual Practices and Activities for the Knights: