MARIAN ICON PRAYER PROGRAM
Gerald R Fong 2018-2019 Chairman
The Holy Family Icon Prayer Program will end this Columbian year. It’s the continuation of the Marian Icon Prayer Program which was launched in 1979. Our State received six of the Holy Family Icons in September 2016 which were distributed to the chapters. It’s anticipated a new Marian Icon will be introduced at this year’s Supreme Convention in Baltimore on August 7-9, 2018. California will receive the new Icons when they become available. Each chapter will have an opportunity to host the icon. It’s anticipated that prayer booklets, available in English and Spanish, will be provided and accompany each of the icons. Adjoining chapters will be sharing the new icons on a pre-determined schedule.
This will be the 18th prayer program of the Knights of Columbus that has used a sacred image as its cornerstone. The first prayer program began in 1979 with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. It’s befitting that this prayer program ended with an image of the Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Prayer Service usually begins with an opening hymn followed by Liturgy of the Word, Homily, Silent Reflection, Holy Rosary, and Litany of the Blessed Virgin, Prayers, The Angelus, and a concluding prayer. You can modify or eliminate portions of the Prayer Service as needed. It’s suggested that a Priest or Deacon lead the prayer service.
Additional information on the 2018-2019 Marian Icon Prayer Program will be published and distributed when it becomes available. The Chapter President should appoint a chairman to coordinate the scheduling for the icon within the Chapter.
We pray there will be wide-spread participation from chapters, districts, councils, and assemblies. Prayer is an essential part of our lives as Catholics and Knights. The Marian Icon prayer program will help bring more spirituality into our families, chapters, councils and assemblies. Moreover, the program will have visibility in a parish because it’s sponsored by the Knights Columbus, which in turn can help in membership recruit.
A Marian Icon prayer service can be conducted at the chapter, district or council level. Some suggestions are: multiple districts can jointly hold a prayer service; a council can sponsor the event at their parish and invite other councils to participate, or chapters can sponsor a prayer service. Ask Squire Circles in your councils to take an active role in the prayer program.
Promote the Marian Icon prayer program at your district, council and assembly meetings. Encourage all your districts and councils to participate in this new program. Many chapters, districts and councils have held Marian Hour of prayer services in previous years in their Parishes.
Gerald R. Fong
Marian Icon Prayer Program