Today marks nine years since I professed my solemn vows as a Poor Clare Nun of Perpetual Adoration. I was trying to figure out what things I’ve shared in past posts, and two years ago I mentioned that I should try to find one of the beautiful prayers from the ceremony. Well, rather miraculously, I did manage to find it, and I didn’t even have to make too much of a mess in the process!
After the profession of vows and endorsement of the profession card, before she receives the ring, the celebrant prays a solemn blessing over the newly professed nun:
Solemn Blessing of the Newly Professed Nun
Celebrant: Father in Heaven, Source of all holiness, Creator of the human race, Your love for us was so great that you gave us a share in Your Own Divine Life. Neither the sin of Adam nor even the sins of the whole world could alter Your loving purpose.
In the dawn of history You gave us Abel as an example of holiness. Later, from Your beloved Hebrew people, You raised up men and women graced with every virtue.
Foremost among them all stands Mary, the Ever-Virgin Daughter of Zion. From Her Pure Womb was born Jesus Christ, Your Eternal Word, the Savior of the world. You sent Him, Father, as our pattern of holiness. He became poor to make us rich, a slave to set us free. Wit love no words can tell He redeemed the world by His Paschal Mystery and won from You the Gifts of the Spirit to sanctify His Church.
The Voice of the Spirit has drawn countless numbers of Your children to follow in the Footsteps of Your Son.
Among these You raised Your servant Francis who professed evangelical holiness so that, at the command of Christ Crucified, he might in himself and his brothers repair the Church, Your Dwelling, and renew it through holiness of life.
Therefore, O Lord, look upon this our Sister whom in Your providence You have called to follow the poor, humble Francis, the lover of the Cross. Pour into her the fullness of the sevenfold Spirit so that what she has promised today with joy and gladness through Your giving, she may with the Divine Assistance observe faithfully to the end.
May she be firmly established in true humility; may she be inflamed with love for Christ and a compassionate love for her Sisters; may she prefer nothing to the commands of obedience; may she follow highest poverty, gird herself with the virtue of patience, and not extinguish the spirit of prayer and holy devotion. May she build up the Church by the holiness of her life, advance the salvation of the world, and stand as a sign of the blessings that are to come.
Lord, Holy Father, protect and guide this servant of Yours. At the judgment seat of Your Son be Yourself her great reward. Give her the joy of vows fulfilled. Made perfect in Your love, may she rejoice in the communion of Your Saints and praise you forever in their company. We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
All respond: Amen.
Please pray for me and all religious, that we may observe our vows faithfully to the end. It’s so true that God cannot be outdone in generosity, and neither can He be outdone in patience and mercy, which He lavishes on us daily. None of us could do what we do without His grace and your prayers – so thank you, and know that you are always in our prayers, too.