Monk Certificate & Card:  Image: The Prayer Foundation logo (with white Celtic cross on a green shield).



Image: Knights of Prayer monastic order logo (with white Celtic cross on a green shield).  


Photo: Celtic cross.


Image: portion of illuminated manuscript page from "The Book of Kells."

Image with Photo: Monk Certificate of the Knights of Prayer monastic order.

(Actual size of Certificate is 8 1/2" x 11")

    Certificate (suitable for framing), Registration Card (wallet-sized), and Full Lay Monk (Lay Brother or Lay Sister) Status and formal recognition are available to supporters of The Prayer Foundation In historical monastic terminology this is called "Oblate" status.  If you are one who is already "a monk in your heart," we merely offer formal recognition of what is already true.

Image: Registration Card of the Knights of Prayer monastic order. 

         (Actual size of Card is 2" x 3 1/2") 

     Knights of Prayer Monk Certificate (Above: suitable for framing), and Knights of Prayer Monk Registration Card (Above: wallet-sized); are available to those desiring them, who are supporters of this ministry. ______________________________________________________________

A Total, Bible-based, Christ-centered, Evangelical Lay Monastic Lifestyle ______________________________________________________________



  • (1.) Agreement With our Statement of Faith.  Our Board of Directors have determined that one of the Requirements for Monks in the Knights of Prayer Monastic Order shall be complete acceptance and agreement with our Statement of Faith, and that this is also required for anyone wishing to host/lead (and/or be listed on our Web Site as an affiliated Prayer Foundation meeting: Film Night, Prayer Meeting, Bible Study, "Hours" Service, Witnessing Team,  etc.).

  • (2.) Prescribed Course of Study.  We have posted a prescribed course of study that includes reading the Bible, recommended readings by Christian writers and teachers, scripture memorization, prayer, and other Christian disciplines (see our: Growing In Christ Monastic Training Course).

  • (3.) Observance of Daily Hours of Prayer.  We invite you to join us in observance of Morning, Noon, and Evening Prayers (Actual Times of observance are flexible.  See: Daily Prayer: Praying the Hours).  Postulant, Novice, and Full Lay Monks who live outside of the monastery (Oblates) are required to observe a minimum of one of the daily times of prayer each day.

  • (4.) Pray for Prayerchain Requests.  We ask that registered Monks spend a minimum of 15 minutes per week in prayer for the daily prayer requests made to The Prayer Foundation   (see: 24-hour Prayerchain), and an additional minimum of 15 minutes per week in prayer for The Prayer Foundation , its Ministries and Monks.

  • (5.) Support (and Receive a Monk Certificate & Card). Those who are "already Monks in their hearts" who desire a formal recognition of this fact, and who are supporters of The Prayer Foundation may, if they so choose, upon making a (Registration) donation of $30.00 or more (tax-deductible to citizens of the U.S.), may request to receive a Monastic Registration Wall Certificate and Wallet-sized Registration Card, both inscribed with their names (see: Monk Certificate and Card).  Please specify exactly how you wish your name to appear on your Certificate & Card.

Note: It takes two years to attain "Full" Lay Monk Status, but you receive "Postulant" Monk status immediately, progressing to "Novice" level status in your second year. ____________________________________________________________

 Necessary Legal Information (U.S.; Other Countries):

Re: Contribution of $30.00 or more to the work of The Prayer Foundation .  (Amount listed is in U.S. Dollars.  Outside the U.S.: check with your bank on obtaining an International Money Order in U.S. Dollars).  Checks or Money Orders should be made payable to: The Prayer Foundation . (Contributions are tax-deductible to U.S. taxpayers).

Please specify that you are requesting a Monk Certificate & Card (so that we don't send you a Prayer Certificate & Card!) when mailing your Contribution to: 

  The Prayer Foundation ; P.O. Box 17482; Portland, OR 97217-0482

Allow 4-6 Weeks for Delivery  ______________________________________________________________

Further Information: ______________________________________________________________

Postulant, Novice, and Full Lay Monk Status:

Note: When you first register as a Monk of the Knights of Prayer Monastic Order, your status will be that of a Postulant Monk.  After one year, your registration may be renewed, and you will receive Novice Monk status.  At the end of another year, when registering you will receive Lay Monk status (as a Lay Brother or Lay Sister of this Order).  You can become a Monk today (Postulant).  It takes two years to achieve Full Lay Monk status.     ______________________________________________________________

                                       Definition of Terms:

      ___________________Traditional Usage:____________________

Postulant: probationary candidate for membership in a religious house.

Novice: a new member of a religious order who is preparing to take the vows of religion.

Lay Monk (Lay Brother): in the Middle Ages few monks became priests and this referred to the farm worker helpers.  In usage of more recent times it came to refer to a monk who has not been ordained as a priest.

Oblate: one who becomes affiliated with a religious order while remaining a lay person.  Not moving in to live in the Community, but remaining in job, family, their own home. 

      _________________Knights of Prayer Usage:________________

Postulant Monk: your first year as a Lay Monk of the Knights of Prayer Monastic Order.

Novice Monk: your second year as a Lay Monk of the Knights of Prayer Monastic Order.  

Full Lay Monk: your status at the beginning of your third year.

Lay Monk (Lay Brother, Lay Sister): one who becomes affiliated with The Prayer Foundation as a supporter, while remaining a lay person. Not moving in to live in the Community, but remaining in job, family, their own home.  Lay Monk is our term for  our "Oblates."  We give Full Lay Monk status to our Lay Monks (men, women, married persons).    

   Note: You are given Monk status immediately in our Order, because we are merely recognizing the fact that you already are "a monk in your heart." This is the time, if you have not already done so, to turn from sin in your life and turn to God, through Jesus.  To set aside daily time for prayer; for Bible reading and study; to memorize scriptures; and tell others about Jesus (see: The Plan of Salvation; also: Statement of Faith).


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