On the Feast of St. Martha, July 29, of this year we received two new Novices into our Community. Sr. Kristina and Sr. Raisa entered the novitiate after completing their time of postulancy. The postulants were received as novices at the ceremony of investiture, during which they were clothed in the Benedictine habit of our Abbey.
Before receiving the white veil and habit, the postulants knelt before the altar to allow Mother Maria-Michael to cut off their hair—a sign that they have chosen to lay down worldly adornments that they may seek God with a pure and undivided heart. On presenting the postulants with the habit, Mother Maria-Michael invoked them to remember the words of St. Paul “Put on the new man who is created according to God’s image,” for their new outward appearance should reflect the inner transformation at work. After donning the habit, each new novice was girded with a belt—the sign of obedience—and the novices’ scapular—a sign of the yoke of our Lord Jesus Christ which they have consented to bear.
Please pray with us that our new novices’ next period of formation will be full of grace as they seek to discern ever deeper the will of God and to hear where His voice is calling them.