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Knights of the Altar Lingkod ng Dambana Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows of Turumba St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Pakil, Laguna THE CONSTITUTION OF THE ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE ALTAR Preamble We, the members of the duly constituted parochial, religious youth organization, brotherhood and ministry of the Lingkod ng Dambana-Knights of the Altar in the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows of Turumba, Saint Peter of Alcantara Parish, in the town of Pakil, Laguna , inspired by the Holy Spirit, driven by the Ideals of Reverence, Wisdom, Brotherhood and Service, all for the love of God and His Greater Glory, motivated by His calling to follow Him through our vow to this vocation despite of our youth, do hereby promulgate and adopt this Constitution. Article I NAME Section 1. This religious youth organization, a union and brotherhood formed by the lay liturgical ministry of Altar Servers and Acolytes to our mother, the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ shall be known as the Order of the Knights of the Altar (KoA), a parochial unit of the diocesan religious youth organization and ministry of Altar Servers and Acolytes in the Diocese of San Pablo, the Lingkod ng Dambana. Article II DOMICILE Section 1. The Order of the Knights of the Altar, as a union and religious youth organization and brotherhood, shall act as parochial unit of the Lingkod ng Dambana of the Diocese of San Pablo in and through the lay youth liturgical ministry of Altar Servers and Acolytes, and shall have its office in the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows of Turumba, St. Peter of Alcantara Parish in the town of Pakil, Laguna. Article III MISSION AND VISION Section 1. The Order of the Knights of the Altar commits itself to the visualization of the Ideals of Reverence, Wisdom, Brotherhood and Service in their liturgical ministry and in all the aspects of their everyday life, all for the love of God and His greater glory. Section 2. In the Ideal of Reverence, a Knight commits itself: -to imitate Christ, the Perfect Man, in all of his features and aspects of life, in thought, in word, and in deed, and live as real Christian follower of Christ despite of his youth, -to be reverent in his liturgical ministry, characterized by his understanding and knowing the rubrics of the liturgy, complimented by discipline, decorum and piety i in performing their functions correctly and orderlyii and -to grow in holiness by experiencing Gods love in his everyday life. Section 3. In the Ideal of Wisdom, a Knight commits itself: -to study and understand the Holy Scriptures, Magisterium, Doctrine and Traditions of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, -to train and learn the skills and knowledge needed in the Lay Liturgical Ministry of Acolytes and Altar Servers,
-to develop all the gifts of God in his body, mind, and heartiii, -to use all these gifts and knowledge to make the best out of his service to God and to the Church and -to respond and answer the call of God in our different vocations and missions in life. Section 4. In the spirit of Brotherhood, the Order of the Knights of the Altar as a whole, commit ourselves: -to build a Christ-centered community as brothers and followers of Jesus Christ, -to prepare all its members to be good citizens and future leaders of the country, -to develop a family united in the service of Christ, -to build an eternal friendship between each member and -to serve as a role model to the youth. Section 5. In the Ideal of Service, a Knight is called not only to serve Christ in the Altar, but also to serve Christ in other people, so he commits himself: -to share to the mission of proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth and put this proclamation into action, -to be a member of a community of youth serving youth, -to be bearers of Gods love and signs of faith to this present world of chaos and -to be in the service of God by being in the service of all. Article IV AUTHORITY AND GOVERNMENT Section 1. The authority and government of the Order of the Knights of the Altar shall be the exclusive prerogative and privilege, vested in the Parish Priest and Shrine Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows of Turumba, St. Peter of Alcantara Parish who shall be the Director of the Order, he shall be represented by the Arch Minister, who will form a Grand Officers Council, under the guidance of an Elder Adviser. Section 2. All members of the Order, if for the Ideals of the Order of the Knights of the Altar and if for the good and success of the Order, complete obedience and subjectivity, with loyalty and respect are required for those in authority, in seniority and in superiority, particularly for the Arch Minister, Grand Officers Council with the Elder Adviser, and most of all to the Director of the Order, the Parish Priest and Shrine Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows of Turumba, St. Peter of Alcantara Parish and to other authority and power he shall imposed on the Order. Section 3. Insofar as the Order of the Knights of the Altar is concern, the source of authority and government shall emanate from the Director, the Parish Priest and Shrine Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows of Turumba, St. Peter of Alcantara Parish, represented by the Arch Minister and acting through the Grand Officers Council with the Elder Adviser. The Director with his executive power and authority, can impose and delegate any other authority in the Order. Article V MEMBERSHIP AND FORMATION Section 1. Membership to the Order of the Knights of the Altar is open to boys and young men, from ages 9-20, baptized as Christians of the Roman Catholic Church who have received the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation, with the consent of parents or guardian, endowed with willingness and capability to serve in the ministry of Altar Servers and commit himself to the Lord through the Order of the Knights of the Altar and its Ideals. Section 2. In the virtue of our commitment to the Ideals of our liturgical ministry in the Order of the Knights of the Altar namely Reverence, Wisdom, Brotherhood and
Service, all members shall undergo a formation for the visualization and actualization of these Ideals. Section 3. In correspondence to these four Ideals, Reverence, Wisdom, Brotherhood and Service, there shall also be five areas of formation namely: Gospel Formation, ACTS Prayer Formation, Liturgical Formation, Fraternal Formation, and Service Formation. Section 4. On the Gospel Formation, the focus of this area of formation is the Gods word, the Holy Scriptures, especially the Gospels. The goals of the Gospel Formation are for the members to understand the importance of Gods Word as a foundation of the Church and as Jesus Christ Himself, the Word made flesh. Another is for the members to learn Gods love and Salvation, to be nourish by Gods word in the performance of their ministry, and then share in the Churchs mission of proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth and put this proclamation into action. Section 5. Under the Liturgical Formation, the members are called to grow in the Liturgy; they are not only expected to know the liturgy and learn the skills of their ministry, but also to understand the rubrics and meaning of what they are doing. The members should also learn and understand the Catholic faith by heart and live it through studying the Churchs Magisterium and Doctrines. Through these things, the members will grow in holiness and in their love relationship with God, in order for them to discharge their office with reverence, discipline, decorum and sincere piety demanded by so exalted a ministry and rightfully expected of them by God and His people iv, and so to be the ready and active collaborators of Catholic Priesthood v, as the realization of the Ideal of Christian lay personvi, they will help in leading the faithful in active, full, conscious and active participation in the liturgyvii by performing their functions in a correct and orderly manner. Section 6. In the area of Fraternal Formation, the Order seeks the realization of the Ideal of Brotherhood in Christ, united in the service of God, and building a Christcentered community of the faithful by putting into practice the command of Christ, love one another as I have loved you.viii Section 7. In the Service Formation, the Order seeks the fullness of the Ideal of Service in which the association becomes stronger and nourish through love and service of others, that in the service of God, we are in the service of all, as obedience to the command of Christ, love your neighbor as yourself.ix Section 8. The ACTS Prayer Formation stands for the formation of a Prayer Life through Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving and Supplication. It is for the Spiritual Formation of members and for them to grow intimately in their personal relationship with God through adoration of Him as an act of love, through contrition of each members sins and wrongdoings as he go in a continuous way to conversion, through thanksgiving in which he shows his gratitude and appreciation of all Gods gifts and blessing as long as he lives thinking that without God he is nothing, and through supplication in which he asks God to be with him as he go through lifes journey and always seeking his holy will and conforming his life in it. Furthermore, it seeks to make the members life and everything as offering and an act of worship to God. Article VI THE HIERARCHY IN THE IDEALS OF THE ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE ALTAR Section 1. The members achievement and advancement in the Ideals of Reverence, Wisdom, Brotherhood and Service together with their growth in the five areas of formation will be measured through the different phases and ranks in the Order of Hierarchy.
Section 2. There shall be six phases and ranks in the Order of Hierarchy namely: Aspirant, Postulant, Novice, Squire, Knight, and Minister. This Order o