We have some exciting news! On Sunday, November 20, dokimos (postulant) Olivia will be tonsured as a rasophore ("robe-bearer") nun! During Vespers for the feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple, at Holy Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Parish in Euclid, Ohio, the bishop will cut four small sections of her hair as a sign of her deepening commitment to God in the monastic life. She will also be clothed in the monastic habit, including the tunic, apostolnik (veil), belt, riassa (robe) and skufia (soft-sided hat). And finally, she will receive her new monastic name!
Ahead of time, the dokimos submits three names to the hegumena (abbess), and the hegumena, through prayer, chooses one of the three, or she may choose another. When the name is spoken by the bishop during the tonsure--Sister _______--this is the moment that Olivia (and all of us) find out the name that God is giving her in monastic life. If she is called to remain in the monastic life and make her life profession in a few years, the Holy Spirit will continue to reveal to her the intimate meaning of this name for the rest of her life!
Please pray for Olivia as she enters this next step in her monastic formation and discernment!
All are invited to join us for Vespers and the tonsure. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of space, we cannot invite everyone to the reception.
4:00 p.m., Holy Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Parish, 532 Lloyd Rd., Euclid, Ohio
The service will also be livestreamed through our Facebook page, and can also be viewed afterward. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view.