Following Vespers the evening before All Saints Day, we celebrated our communion with the Saints in glory. The most anticipated moment followed supper, when a basket was passed round the table and each sister chose (blindly!) her new patrons for the year. Although we draw from among the slips of paper, it seems that it is the Saint who chooses the sister! Sometimes the correlation between the two souls can be surprising or amusing… and other times the significance is imperceptible.It is an altogether enjoyable tradition and being able to count on the intercession of these holy men and women gives a great assurance that friends above are helping us. This year on November 1st we also had the joy of anticipating the investment ceremony of one of our postulants (formerly Sr. Nicole) who this past November 5th became Sr. Marie Celine of Our Lady, Handmaid of the Lord! Named after the virgin martyr Saint Cecilia, our new novice is still glowing with the joy of being ‘called by name’ and clothed in the religious habit. There was also striking evidence that Divine Providence was at work on Sister’s behalf… Fr. Joseph MFVA chose the votive Mass for Our Lady, Handmaid of the Lord not knowing that that was the title chosen for Sr. Marie Celine! Congratulations to our Sister and her family! Please pray for our fervent new novice that she will always be filled with the joy that comes with responding to God’s ever-inviting grace. Ecce ancilla Domine, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum… Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word!
The above pictures show the soon-to-be Sr. Marie Celine having her hair shorn at the Investment ceremony and the newly clothed novice.