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Sunday, 16 August 2009

Franciscan Sisters usus antiquior solemn profession

Jane Teresa, who writes the blog "My heart was restless" has been visiting the convent of the contemplative Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate at Lanhearne in Cornwall. She mentioned that she would have the opportunity to speak about her vocation with Fr Stefano Manelli, the founder and superior of the Franciscans of the Immaculate.

Last Tuesday, during her stay, two of the sisters were solemnly professed and Jane Teresa has a set of photographs with commentary. The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate tend to go to the usus antiquior (some now come regularly to the 10.30am Mass at Blackfen on Sunday) and the solemn profession was celebrated according to the older form of the Roman-Seraphic Rite. Many thanks indeed to Jane Teresa for capturing some of the solemn moments and providing some texts from the ceremonies.

I have never been able to attend a solemn religious profession and was really quite thrilled by this response from the celebrant to the formula of profession
Et ego ex parte Dei omnipotentis, si haec observaveris, promitto tibi vitam aeternam. In nomine Patris, et Filii, + et Spiritus Sancti.

And if you observe these things, I, on behalf of Almighty God, promise you eternal life. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.
That's a rather convincing antidote to your friends telling you that you are wasting your life!

See: FI Solemn Professions in the Roman-Seraphic Ritual at Lanherne in Cornwall
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