Suscipe me Domine, secundum eloquim Tuum, et vivam;
et non confundas me ab expectatione mea.
“Receive me, Lord, according to Thy word, and I shall live;
and let me not be confounded in my hope”
Immediately after professing her vows for life, the Sister kneels on the steps of the sanctuary before the Altar and chants the Suscipe me, a Latin verse from Psalm 118, “Receive me, according to Thy word, and I shall live; and let me not be confounded in my hope” (118:16). These words encapsulate the gift of self she has just made to Jesus, her Divine Bridegroom and profess her trust in His gift of self to her. She has promised to live as Christ lived on this earth -- poor, chaste, and obedient -- in order to love as He loved: generously, totally, and sacrificially. He has promised her eternal life. As he said in the Gospel, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life” (Matt 19:29).
Perpetual profession, the culmination of nearly seven years of prayer, study, formation, and service, is a sign of the unbreakable union of Christ and His Bride, the Church. In a profoundly ecclesial act, the Sister making perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience is consecrated to Christ forever. This consecration, deeply rooted in Baptism, is one of thanks, praise, and adherence to Jesus Christ, the Spouse, who taught by His whole life the perfection of chastity, the richness of poverty and the depth of obedience to the point of dying for us. These vows constitute the essence of the Sister’s religious life imparting stability and higher consecration. They lovingly compel her to live as Christ lived in areas which covers her whole life: possessions, affections, and autonomy.
On July 1, 2023, Sr. Mary Emmanuel, MSSR made her perpetual profession of vows. Please keep Sister, her family, and our whole community in your prayers. Enjoy the pictures below!
Perpetual Profession Slideshow