|Sr. Julie, Claire (co-host) and Sr. Celeste|
|Darlene and Sr. Julie cutting out habit pieces|
Our habits will be blessed and given to us by Bishop John in a private ceremony on Great and Holy Wednesday. It will mark our formal acceptance into the novitiate, and Sr. Celeste will also be tonsured as a Rasophore nun (a "nun of the first degree"). A Rasophore nun does not yet make any formal vows, but she promises to live all aspects of the monastic life. She will receive, in addition to the basic habit, a riassa (outer garment worn for liturgical services) and the monastic belt.
We look forward to the intense and beautiful prayers of Holy Week that will increase in us the longing for Jesus, who we will soon meet coming forth from the tomb "like a Bridegroom!" All are welcome to join us on Holy Monday for Bridegroom Matins, celebrated by Bishop John at 8:00 a.m. (see the "Events" tab). You’ll hear from us again on our blog after Pascha!