April 27, 2020 | The Christopher by Donna Clopton
Our St. Elizabeth of Portugal Order of Daughters of the King are women and girls between the ages of seven and one hundred and seven who desire a closer walk with the Lord. We are Christian women, both lay and ordained, who are strengthened through the discipline of a Rule of Life, and supported through the companionship of our sisters.
Our community is found primarily in our local chapters, but it extends around the world.
In our Rule of Life, Prayer always comes first. It is the first priority for Daughters, and our Service and Evangelism depend upon it. Our vows do not specify particular prayers, length of prayers, or times of prayer, just that we pray daily for our sisters, our church, and our clergy.
Part of every Daughter's Rule of Prayer is to pray daily:
• For the unity of Christ's church
• For the spread of Christ's Kingdom, especially among women and girls
• For God's blessing upon the members of The Order
• For the spiritual growth of the parish and for the clergy of the parish to which the chapter owes allegiance
Even minimal daily prayer increases our ability to see God at work around us. We grow in faith to pray not only for our own needs but also for those of others. As we practice listening for God's voice, we learn to recognize and act on half-whispered responses to our frequent question: "Lord, what will you have me do?"
Through her Rule of Service, a Daughter daily seeks to do the will of God where she is, remembering Jesus' words, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these...you did it for me." Matthew 25:40 (NIV). The Rule of Service is the application and extension of our baptismal vows. As part of her Rule of Service, each Daughter promises:
• To be Christ's faithful servant in the extension of His Kingdom.
• To regularly take part in the worship, study and work of the Church.
• To render at all times aid to the clergy as deemed necessary for the spiritual up-building of the parish.
Through prayer and discernment Daughters are led to areas of need in our churches and communities. The Rule is simple because we can serve through any word or deed that is said or done with the sincere purpose of bringing a soul nearer to Christ.
Our Rule of Service is always supported by our Rule of Prayer, although neither is complete without the other.
"Prayer without work is empty words,
Service without prayer is labor lost."
Our chapter would like to offer individual prayers for our church family. If you have any prayer requests, please send them to either Donna Clopton @ or Father Bill @ Every prayer request is confidential and kept private. We are available to pray with you by telephone or Zoom if you would like. Our Prayer Warriors are Cindy Simms, Mary Potts, Frances Boase, Etta Atkinson, Carolyn Law, Marti Fagley, Marianne Griffith, Sidia Miranda, Latha Babbili, Sharon Whitfield, Sammy Crews, Doris Gregory, Bea Cannon, Cynthia Eichenberger, and Donna Clopton. We are here for our church family and pray daily for our family's health and safety.