Monday, 21 February 2011

Holy Year for Nuns

St Conleth's Catholic Heritage have proposed observing a Holy Year for nuns. Here is the text of the post:
Following the Holy Year for Priests, it is surely time to pray for consecrated women. Therefore, dear reader, we urge you to ask Ecclesiastical Authorities to dedicate a special year to give thanks to God for Nuns and to pray for Nuns and for more Nuns. What better way to do honour to St. Brigid?

Please proclaim an Holy Year for Nuns!

Ora pro populo, interveni pro clero, intercede pro devoto femineo sexu!
The Latin text of the last line is from the Benedictus antiphon when the office is celebrated of the Blessed Virgin Mary on a Saturday. The full text is:
Beata Dei Genitrix Maria, * Virgo perpetua, templum Domini, sacrarium Spiritus sancti: sola sine exemplo placuisti Domino nostro Jesu Christo: ora pro populo, interveni pro clero, intercede pro devoto femineo sexu.

O Blessed Mary, Mother of God, perpetual Virgin, temple of the Lord, sanctuary of the Holy Ghost, without parallel you pleased our Lord Jesus Christ: pray for the people, plead for the clergy, make intercession for devoted (or vowed) women.
Knowing so many good an holy women who labour in times of confusion, error and in some cases the virtual collapse of the congregation in which they vowed to live, I support this idea. I am fortunate to have some religious sisters come to Mass in my parish but there are many places where young people have never seen a woman visibly witnessing to her lifelong dedication to Christ in the religious life. That is a great loss for the Church.
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