|Mother Theodora hands the bishop the scissors at her profession in 2011|
A stavrophore nun experiences the fullness of monastic life, sharing in the passion, death and resurrection of her Bridegroom. She is given the title of “Mother” to express the fruitfulness of her union with Christ. Before the nun is tonsured as a stavrophore she relinquishes all monies,
possessions and property. At this point, the nun is committed to remain for her lifetime in Christ the Bridegroom Monastery. Many people ask, “Is the life profession the same thing is ‘final vows?’” Yes, but Eastern monastics do not make “temporary vows” as other types of religious communities do, so there is no need to specify that these are the “final” vows. To read more about the stages of monastic life, visit the “Discerning?” tab. Please pray for Sr. Cecilia and Sr. Gabriella as they prepare for this serious, yet exciting and joyful day!
Please note: The profession and Divine Liturgy will last approximately three hours (but it will be timeless joy!). Unfortunately we are not able to invite everyone to the dinner reception that will follow, but the Eucharistic banquet is the most important of all!
You are also invited to join us at the Sisters' respective home parishes on the two following Sundays as we celebrate in Thanksgiving for the gift of their vocations!
Mass of Thanksgiving for Sr. Gabriella
Sunday, November 15, 2015
St. Francis de Sales Church
4019 Manchester Road
Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving for Sr. Cecilia
Sunday, November 22, 2015 (Feast of St. Cecilia)
St. Joseph Byzantine Church
8111 Brecksville Road