Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"You Are My Refuge O Lord"

On October 7, 2014, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, we welcomed two new novices into our community.  Sr. Ann and Sr. Catherine, having completed their year of postulancy, were clothed in the Benedictine habit of the Abbey of St. Walburga as a sign of their next step in religious life.  The habit symbolizes putting away the ways of the world and putting on the "new Man" who is Christ.  Sr. Ann, 22, is from Alabama and Sr. Catherine, 27, is from Victoria Island in Canada.
During the ceremony of investiture (clothing of a novice), the postulants affirm their desire to seek God in our
Mother cuts Sr. Catherine's hair.
monastery.  Mother then officially receives the postulants as novices, cuts their hair, and presents them with the habit and veil.  The new novices, holding their habits sing, "You are my refuge O Lord, all I have in the land of the living," before they step into the sacristy to put on the habit and veil.  After returning clothed in the habit, they receive the belt and scapular.  The belt is a sign of obedience and purity of heart, while the scapular is a sign of the yoke of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sr. Ann and Sr. Catherine sing "You are my refuge O Lord."

Sr. Catherine receives the belt.
Mother puts the scapular on Sr. Ann.

Sr. Ann and Sr. Catherine will be canonical novices for one year and then have another year as novices before they can be admitted to temporary vows.  May the Blessed Mother keep them faithful to their vocation during these next two years!