"Let us pray ... to Our Lord Jesus Christ for these His handmaids .... that He may grant them His Holy Spirit, Who will preserve them in holy resolution of religion, protect their hearts from the hindrances of the world and secular desires, so that, as they undergo an exterior transformation, they may be transformed likewise in spirit by the interior workings of the right hand of the Most High, and that just as they are delivered from all spiritual blindness, so may they be completely filled with the light of eternal grace."
Prayer Before the Investiture of Novices
The month of May is full of feasts and joyous occasions for both Holy Mother Church and for our Marian community, and this final day of the month is no exception. Today, during this particular liturgical year, falls the Feast of Pentecost, but as it is also May 31, the Church celebrates the Visitation (Ordinary Form Calendar) and the Coronation of Mary as Queen and Virgin (Extraordinary Form Calendar). What better day, then, to have the clothing ceremony of our Postulants as they are accepted into the novitiate as Novices of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa.
Now clothed in the garb of Our Lady, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, the new novices will be even more of an external witness of the Blessed Mother to the world. And as they seek to follow Jesus more closely in imitation of His Holy Mother, the Holy Spirit will hasten to their side and enter their souls, for now in them, His sees His dearly beloved Spouse, the Virgin Mary.
The New Novices (from left to right):
Sr. Maria Josefa of Our Lady of the Annunciation
Sr. Maria Consolata of Our Lady, Spouse of the Holy Ghost
Sr. John Paul Maria of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity