November 21, 2015 - The Feast of the Presentation of Mary
Deacon Rexroat chanted the Gospel and Fr. Stash gave a beautiful homily.
The postulants profess their hearts' desires:
My heartís desire is to give myself to God as a Sister of the Children of Mary, to love and adore Him and pray that all people will come to adore Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament and be faithful members of His Holy Catholic Church.
Mother Margaret Mary cuts their hair as a sign of their renunciation of the world and choice to love Christ above all created things.
Fr. Stash blessed each article of the habit of Children of Mary as he explained its symbolism.
- HABIT: Receive this white linen habit. May it be a daily reminder to you of the white linen with which Our Lordís dead Body was wrapped after He died a painful death on the cross for love of you. Through your life of prayer and sacrifice, may you bring this white habit to Him on the last day adorned with many souls.
- CINCTURE: Receive this cincture, a sign that you are bound to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary as slaves of love, and for love of Them, a servant to all Godís people.
- SCAPULAR: Receive this purple scapular, a symbol of the yoke of Christ, a yoke that is easy and light when worn with great love for Him. The purple signifies the grace with which you are clothed because of the His Passion, may this novitiate be a time of much growth in grace and wisdom. It is made of wool, a reminder that you are one of His sheep, following your Shepherd wherever He leads, and obeying the shepherds He places over you Ė His vicar, Our Holy Father, and all of the bishops and priests in union with him.
- VEIL: Receive this white veil, a reminder to put aside all earthly concerns and put on the mind of Christ. May this novitiate be a time of detaching yourself from created things so that your heart can be filled with love for God holy zeal for souls.
Sr. Katerina Rose & Sr. Andrea Maria renewed their vows
Mother, I ask you to accept my promise: to live a chaste life out of profound love for Jesus, the Spouse of my soul, to live a life of poverty so that I may be attached to nothing or no one except my Lord, to live a life of obedience to Holy Church, embracing and obeying all she teaches and prescribes, not as a slave bound out of fear, but as a child of Mary who finds joy and freedom in lovingly striving to please God by obeying His Church.
I promise to pray for our bishop, for abundant and holy priests, and to pray for the fulfillment of Godís desire for the Enthronement of the Living and Sacred Heart of Jesus on the altars of the world, that He will be loved and adored by His people, and peace will come to earth.
After being accepted into the Novitiate the Novices present flowers to their parents as a sign of love and gratitude for leading them to their vocations.
Sr. Jane with her Family - the Gilmores
Sr. Peggy with her Family - the Smiths
Holy Angel's Schola from Sidney, Ohio, blessed us with their beautiful voices for the Mass and Ceremony!
Cake decorated by the Sisters
Cake donated by a friend of the Community
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