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Evening of Prayer with the Nuns
September 13, 2015 7:00PM
Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary
543 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life you are invited to join us for the Day of Prayer with Religious on September 13th! While the faithful are always welcome to join us in the public chapel for our hours of prayer, we invite you especially to join us on Sunday the 13th for Compline (the night prayer of the Church) and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7pm in our public chapel. Our chapel doors are usually locked before the office of Compline (normally prayed at 8:40pm), so this is a special opportunity! Bring your friends!
As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption many Americans will begin praying a 54 day Rosary Novena:
THE 54 DAY ROSARY NOVENA
The "54-day Rosary Novena" consists of five decades of the Rosary each day for twenty-seven days in petition, then immediately five decades each day for twenty-seven days in thanksgiving, (regardless of whether the petition appears to have been answered or not--God always answers prayer....but not always the way we expect).
● 27 days in petition from August 15 through September 10, 2015
● 27 days in thanksgiving from September 11 through October 7, 2015
“For Family and Marriage" (including for Peace, Sanctity of Human Life & Religious Freedom). A Message of Hope in response to the spiritual crisis in our culture and nation and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops call to prayer.
As St. Catherine de Ricci (a Dominican!) tells us: "When we desire to obtain a favor from Almighty God, we must go on asking for it until we get it; because He has determined the number of times we are to ask for it; and He will not grant our petition till that number is complete." The 54-Day Rosary Novena is great for something you have the patience to continue to ask for.
Now you may ask, “Where did it come from?”
The 54 day Rosary Novena was revealed to the incurably sick Fortuna Agrelli by Our Lady of Pompeii at Naples in 1884. For thirteen months Fortuna Agrelli had endured dreadful sufferings and torturous cramps; she had been given up by the most celebrated physicians. On February 16, 1884, the afflicted girl and her relatives commenced a novena of Rosaries. The Queen of the Holy Rosary favored her with an apparition on March 3rd. Mary, sitting upon a high throne, surrounded by luminous figures, held the divine Child on her lap and in her hand a Rosary. They were accompanied by St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena. The Blessed Virgin said: "Child, thou has invoked me by various titles and hast always obtained favors from me. Now, since thou hast called me by that title so pleasing to me, 'Queen of the Holy Rosary,' I can no longer refuse the favor thou dost petition; for this name is most precious and dear to me. Make three novenas, and thou shalt obtain all."
Once more the Queen of the Holy Rosary appeared to her and said, "Whoever desires to obtain favors from me should make three novenas of the prayers of the Rosary, and three novenas in thanksgiving." Obedient to Our Lady's invitation, Fortuna and her family completed the six novenas whereupon the young girl was restored to perfect health and her family showered with many blessings.
More information can be found about it here.
On the Solemnity of Our Holy Father Dominic, Sr. Maria received the habit and her new religious name of Sr. Maria Johanna (pronounced Yohanna) of Our Lady of Grace. The private vestition ceremony was held in the nuns' choir due to the August heat. Usually the ceremony takes place in the Chapter Hall.
During the ceremony the postulant prostrates before the prioress to ask for "God's mercy and yours" while the sisters pray for her as she officially begins her religious life. While postulants wear a uniform and veil and are called "sister", they are not actually members of the community nor religious. They are still lay women, but lay women who are asking ("postulare" is Latin for "to ask") for admission to the community and the Order. When a postulant receives the habit and begins her novitiate she becomes a member of the community and a religious, however she is not yet a member of the Order nor a consecrated religious. She makes no commitment and the community makes no commitment to her, except that both sides will continue to discern God's will for her during the next two years. She is free to leave at any time and the community is likewise free to send her away.
Postulancy is basically a time of 'detoxing' from the world and a time to become acquainted with the ins and outs of monastic life. During the novitiate the novice begins classes on Consecration and the Vows and focuses more intensely on the inner life. The postulant learns the rubrics of the Liturgy, the novice begins to let the liturgy 'work' on her and form her.
We are often asked if the novices sew their own habits. The answer is no, at least not the one they receive at vestition. There is important symbolism in the novice receiving the habit from the community. It is not so much something she takes on herself, but something that is given to her as she is accepted into the community. During vestition she kneels before the prioress and novice mistress as they literally clothe her in the habit, fastening her belt, attaching the rosary and crucifix, placing the white novice veil upon her head.
At the very end of the ceremony the new novice receives her religious name. The postulant to be clothed may request a specific name, but it can be vetoed by the prioress (although that is unusual). Only the novice, novice mistress, prioress, and often the other novitiate sisters know the name that will be given. For everyone else it is a much anticipated surprise!
Below is a gallery of pictures from Sister's clothing ceremony.
This morning, on the Solemnity of our Holy Father Dominic, our postulant Sr. Maria received the Dominican Habit and began her novitiate. Ordinarily the vestition ceremony is held in the Chapter Hall, but the August weather necessitated that it be held in Choir. This is a private ceremony which, for us, takes the place of Terce.
At the very end of the ceremony the newly clothed novice returns to kneel before the prioress and receive her religious name. Everyone holds their breath and strains to hear as the prioress says...
"In the Order you will be called
Sister Maria Johanna of Our Lady of Grace."
More pictures of the ceremony to come!