The Order of Christ the Saviour (OCS) is a Dominican dispersed community that is devoted to the academic study, teaching, and practice of Anglican deliverance ministry-- intended to share Christ’s merciful healing and liberation in the modern world. The Order is primarily influenced by the Rule of St. Augustine, and its Friars and Sisters are vowed to tenets of traditional Dominican spirituality in regular observance of daily prayer, life-long formation, community service, and frequent participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Members are confirmed communicants in good standing within an Anglican denomination in communion with the See of Canterbury.
Canonical & Legal Status
OCS is a new Associate member of the National Association of Episcopal Christian Communities, and a registered nonprofit organization in the State of Illinois. Our Bishop Protector is The Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez, XVI Bishop of Pennsylvania. The Order was initially authorized by The Rt. Rev. Brian Burgess, XII Bishop of Springfield, in observance of Title III Canon 14 Section 2 of The Episcopal Church, a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Our Rule of Life
Professed members commit to vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. Influenced by the Rule of St. Augustine, members may choose the degree of solemnity of the vows they profess. Members are also expected to:
- Center life on the Holy Sacraments of the Church. The expectation is to receive the Holy Eucharist weekly and the Rite of Reconciliation monthly.
- Pray, at the minimum, Morning Prayer and Compline in accordance with the rubrics of the locally authorized Book of Common Prayer. Additional prayers and prayer practices, such as the Holy Rosary and lectio divina, are highly encouraged.
- Receive Spiritual Direction monthly.
- Pray daily for the Order and its members using the Order’s Collect and the St Michael the Archangel prayer. If authorized as an Exorcist, pray the Order’s Imprecatory Prayer for Protection daily.
- Wear a St. Benedict Medal and/or Brown Scapular daily. These sacramentals must be properly blessed in accordance with the prescribed form of the Church.
- Observe a solemn fast during Fridays in Lent and on the eve of the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel as one’s health permits.
- Attend annual assembly meetings, whether in-person or virtual, unless granted a dispensation by the Prelate or Provincial Council.
The Cross of the Order
The OCS logo and cross are chiefly influenced by the St. Benedict Medal, inscribed with the abbreviation of the Latin prayer which translates to “Let the Holy Cross be my light, let not the dragon be my guide”. The top left quadrant reflects our Anglican heritage, while the quadrant beneath conveys the sacramental nature of our Rule of Life. The Baptismal Cross featured in the bottom right quadrant signifies our commitment to our baptismal covenant, and our hope for the resurrection. Lastly, the top right quadrant depicts a monogram initially meaning ΙΗΣΟΥΣ (“Jesus” in Ancient Greek), now often interpreted as Latin for “Jesus, Saviour of Humankind”.