Prayer to Open a Knights of Columbus Executive
or Council Meeting.*

In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

May we remember the reason we are Knights of Columbus and may we remember what we can do as members of our Catholic faith.

May we remember those in our order: the brothers who are in need, the brothers who are fallen, the brothers who are trying to make ends meet, the brothers who are ill, the brothers who are in the need of help, our brothers who are trying to do our work.

May we remember that our leadership is important to all and our decisions should be always for the good of this our honoured order.

May we know the blessing of our Founder Venerable Father McGivney and may we understand the message of what it is to be true members of the Knights of Columbus.

Venerable Father McGivney watch over all that we do.

Mary Queen of the Knights .....pray for us.

In Christ our Lord, Amen.

©The Father Michael J.McGivney Honoris Ottawa

Prayer Before a Meeting*

Father McGivney, may the example of your life serve to guide us in our mission and our individual roles as Knights of Columbus.

May we always be faithful Catholics and followers of your vision. In so doing, help us to deepen our role as leaders in our parish and in our community.

May we be always supportive of our clergy and responsible in building our Order. Help us to be ever effective in conceiving and carrying out our activities in the church and in the world.

Venerable Father McGivney, pray for us.

Amen.

©The Father Michael J.McGivney Honoris Ottawa

Prayer After a Meeting*

Father McGivney, as we leave this meeting, help us to focus on what we are to do as members of the Knights of Columbus to make our council supportive to all, our faith as Catholics stronger, and our parish better.

May we in your memory remember the values of charity, unity and fraternity, and by your example, help us to better appreciate what our fellow Knights mean to us as Catholic gentlemen.

May we leave our meeting and always appreciate that, as Knights, we are the essential elements of your vision of the order.

May your life’s commitments and work always be a guiding light in our lives.

Venerable Father McGivney, pray for us.

Amen

©The Father Michael J.McGivney Honoris Ottawa

Degree Team Prayers*    first  second  third


First Degree Exemplification Team Prayer

First Degree Team Captain will gather his team together and read the following:

Worthy Sirs, Charity is the foremost principle of the Knights of Columbus and as such, it is the primary focus of the 1st degree of initiation into the brotherhood.

As we come together as a First Degree Team we need to remember that we are the first experience that our new members will experience as new Knights. Our responsibility will be to insure the message of Charity is clear and that our work shows the example of what Father McGivney set out for us.

To that end we now pray to our founder for his guidance:

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

Father McGivney understanding your principles and ideas of our order, the team of this first degree ask you to guide us so that we can introduce our new members to our order in a clear and thoughtful manner. That this team, by our example give the message of this initiation degree in a clear manner as we exhibit and explain the Catholic value of Charity.

By our words of this degree and our work be a dedication to your memory and that we instill meaning to each Catholic man the value of membership in our order. We pledge this degree work in your memory and for these candidates of this degree. Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney pray for us.

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

©The Father Michael J.McGivney Honoris Ottawa


Second Degree Exemplification Team Prayer

The Second Degree Team Captain will gather his team together and read the following:

Worthy Sirs, We must always remember that members of the Knights of Columbus are united in the body of Christ, ritualized and embodied in our full participation in the Catholic Church. Our loyalty to Christ and the unity which He encompasses, is realized through our commitment to one another and our local, regional, and global church. This Second Degree will help Knights realize their true potential as Christian brothers and the sacred power of unity. To that end we now pray to our founder for his guidance as we prepare to conduct this formation degree of our order:

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

Father McGivney understanding your principles and ideas of our order, the team of this second degree ask you to guild us so that we can continue the work started in the first degree of our order as we introduce the members of this second degree exemplification to unity in a clear and thoughtful manner. That this team, by our example give the message of this formation degree in a clear manner as we exhibit and explain the Catholic value of Unity.

In Your goodness help us to continue as Knights of Columbus to strengthen the whole Church, both as shepherds and flock, so that, living the truth in charity and in unity we may enlighten the experience of our order of these candidates of this second degree.

We pledge this degree work in your memory and for these candidates of this degree. Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney pray for us.

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

©The Father Michael J.McGivney Honoris Ottawa


Third Degree Exemplification Team Prayer

The Third Degree Team Captain will gather his team together and read the following:

Worthy Sirs, As we move forward today let us remember our history. The first ritual handbook of the Knights of Columbus was printed in 1885, but contained only sections teaching Unity and Charity. Some changes to that original ceremony has happened several times over the years but mostly is the same and the same message. In 1885 Supreme Knight Mullen, along with primary ritual author Daniel Colwell, believed that the initiation ceremony should be held in three sections "in accord with the 'Trinity of Virtues, Charity, Unity, and Brotherly love.'" The third section, expounding Fraternity, was officially adopted in 1891.

We all know that once a candidate completes the First Degree ceremony on the lesson of charity, he is considered a Knight of Columbus and can participate in all council activities. Members later are encouraged to attain the Second which deals with unity and now at this Third Degree we will teach the lesson of fraternity and it will be our duty to see each member who takes this degree that he receives full honors of Knighthood as he is "Knighted." We are part of very rich legacy.

It is up to us to make sure that these brothers remember this day and understand the meaning of why and what we do as full Knights of Columbus.

To that end we now pray to our founder for his guidance as we prepare to conduct this Knighthood degree of our order:

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

Father McGivney understanding your principles and ideas of our order, the team of this third degree ask you to guild us so that we can continue the work started in the first degree which explained Charity and in the second degree of our order about unity, we pray that this team, by our example give the message of this Knighthood degree in a clear and meaning full manner as we exhibit and explain the Catholic value of Fraternity.

In Your goodness help us to continue as Knights of Columbus to strengthen the whole Church, both as shepherds and flock, so that, living the truth in charity and in unity we may enlighten the experience of our order of these candidates with our explanation of Fraternity. We pledge this degree work in your memory and for these candidates of this degree.

Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney pray for us.

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

©The Father Michael J.McGivney Honoris Ottawa

Father McGivney
* with ecclesiastical permission ©2012