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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Feast of St Alphonsus

Today, the Feast of our Holy Father Saint Alphonsus, was a very special day for us since we also had a final profession, temporary profession and two clothings!

The four candidates present themselves before the superior.

With Our Lord enthroned within the tabernacle and the doors open, Br. Xavier Maria, F.SS.R. kneels before His Divine Majesty and pronounces his final vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience together with a vow and oath of perseverance.

Br. Xavier binds himself with his hand upon the Holy Gospel.

Br. Alfonso, also kneeling before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament pronounces his temporary vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience for three years. He received his complete religious name: Br. Alfonso Maria of the Star of the Sea, F.SS.R. Brother had spent some years as a sailor before he joined the Transalpine Redemptorists.

At the time of first profession, brother receives his pallium, or, mantle.

Our two postulants preparing to be clothed in the habit of the congregation. On the left Mr Tyler Lunsford and on the right Mr Arden Mills, both from the United States.

Exuat te Dominus veterem hominem cum actibus eius,
et induat te novum, qui secundum Deum creatus est
in justitia et sanctitate veritatis.

May the Lord strip thee of the old man with all his acts and
clothe thee in the new, who is created by God in justice
and in the holiness of truth.

The new Brothers receive their habits.

Indue, Filii Dominum Jesum Chrisum, semper
mortificationem ejus in corpore tuo circumferens.

Son, put on Our Lord Jesus Christ, always surrounding
thy body with His mortification.

Accipe, Fili, imaginem Crucifixi, Magistri et Redemptoris tui,
qui passus est pro te, et tradidit Semetipsum pro te. Pone Illum
ut signaculum super cor tuum, ut signaculum super brachium

Receive, my Son, the image of the crucifix,
image of thy Master and Redeemer, who suffered for thee and
offered Himself for thee. Place it as a seal upon thy heart, as a
seal upon thy arm

The first step towards leaving the world! Today we have seen all three:
These young men leave the secular life and enter the novitiate.
Br. Alfonso completes his novitiate and makes his temporary vows.
Br. Xavier, after three years of temporary vows takes the final step and gives himself to religious life until his death.

Accipe, Filii, Rosarium beatæ Virginis Mariæ, quæ tibi sit semper murus ad protegendum, mater ad nutriendum, stella ad dirgendum, portus ad salvandum. Tu autem stude diligenter Mariam diligere et imitari, ac ejus saluberrimam devotionem ubique propagare. In periculis, in angustiis, in rebus dubiis, Mariam cogita, Mariam invoca. Dulce nomen illius non
recedat ab ore, non recedat a corde.

Receive, Son, the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may She always be a wall to protect thee, a mother to nourish thee, a star to guide thee and the door to thy salvation do Thou, however, learnest diligently to love and imitate Mary, and to propagate Her most salutary devotion everywhere. In dangers, in anguishes, in doubtful things, think of Mary, call upon Mary. May Her sweet name not disappear from thy lips, nor disappear from thy heart.

Accipe hunc habitum benedictum precans sanctissimam
Virginem, ut eius meritis illum perferas sine macula, et te ab
omni adversitate defendat, atque ad vitam perducat æternum.

Receive this blessed Scapular and beseech the Blessed Virgin
that through Her merits, you may wear it without stain. May
it defend you against all adversity and accompany you to
eternal life.

With the reception of the skull cap comes the new name:
Mr Tyler Lunsford is now Br Seelos after Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, C.SS.R.
Mr Arden Mills is now Br Peter after St. Peter the apostle.

Congratulations to Br Peter and Br Seelos!

And to Br Xavier Maria and Br Alfonso Maria!

Br Seelos with his mother and father and three brothers.

And Br Peter with his father.

Mr de Jarving, a friend of Br Alfonso, entered as a postulant today.

Br. Xavier Maria and Br. Magdala Maria, both from the Pacific Islands.


Anne B said...

This was so wonderful to read and so moving! It elicited a fervent prayer to Our Lady for the irresistible Grace of Final Perseverance for each in the Sons!!
Anne B.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you all. It is so heartening to see your Order is increasing and going forward. I will continue to pray that you get some good news from Rome soon.
God Bless

Inkstain said...

Happy Feast Day to all and Congratulations and Thanks to Br. Seelos, Br. Peter, Br. Xavier Maria, Br Alfonso and their families!

May the F.SS.R. continue to grow in numbers and Grace!

Holly Hall said...

Congratulations to all who became the postulants, those who pronounced their temporary vows, and those who made it (with the Grace of God) to their Final Profession! I would REALLY have loved to be there for this! May Jesus, Mary, and Joseph watch over you always and grant you great faithfulness in your vocations! Pray for those of us who still struggle in the midst of this treacherous world!

Anonymous said...

Why do some Brothers have a white collar on their habits and others do not? Also, Do you receive and wear a reliquary crucifix? Whose relics are inside? Thank you and continue this blessed work.

Anonymous said...

Lenore, the "good news" you refer to arrived in 2008!

Anonymous said...

The Archives are interesting to read. From a posting dated 18 July 2008:
"... after 2 August 2008, we will try to no longer publicly call ourselves ‘Redemptorist’ or ‘Transalpine Redemptorist.’" Why does Transalpine Redemptorist still appear on your blog header?

And do you still prefer to be known as "Redemptorists"?

btw, best wishes for your 3-year anniversary.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous

Those who have white collars are either priests, seminarians, or brothers who hope to study for the priesthood. Those without white collars are coadjutor brothers.

I do not think their cross has any relics inside – at least I have never heard that it does.

Transalpine Redemptorists said...

To Anonymous about the nickname "Transalpine Redemptorists":

When we made our Reconciliation we were willing to do everything necessary to reconcile properly and it was then mistakenly understood that we had to leave the name Redemptorist behind.

However, shortly after the Reconciliation while preparing our Constitutions we were given canonical advice from an expert Religious Canonist.

He informed us that what we were required by the Law to change was our official title. Until then we had called ourselves the Transalpine (branch of the) "Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer". We changed that to the "Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer".

We changed the siglum from "C.SS.R." to "F.SS.R.".

We distinguished our habit by making alterations and additions to what we were wearing.

But changing the "nickname" it is not, so I am assured, part of any canonical legal requirement. If it were a legal requirement we would have changed it for something else.

"Transalpine Redemptorists" is a nickname. The examples given to me were the several other Congregations with the same nicknames: "Josephites" for example is a nickname used by many different congregations of religious sisters who have nothing in common with one another. There are also many who call themselves Franciscans/Dominicans/Carmelites although not belonging by law to the Order but to a common spirituality. There are all kinds of Sisters of Charity etc. etc.

Among those known as Redemptorists there is the Redemptorist Fathers (C.SS.R.) but also at least one Congregation of religious sisters known as "Redemptorist Sisters"; therefore our calling ourselves Redemptorists is neither new nor a claim to belong to the C.SS.R. which we do not claim; it is a reference to our spirituality which belongs to the patrimony of the Church.

If we are not required by the rigour of the law to renounce "Transalpine Redemptorists" we choose to not do so; it is distinctive and we have used it for a long time.

There were friends who said that by the law we could call ourselves quite simply "Redemptorists" without the "Transalpine". While we understand that to be true, we have come to be commonly known as "Transalpine Redemptorists" which is a suitable indication of who we are.

In short: "Transalpine Redemptorists" is a nickname that is not forbidden us by law; it also distinguishes us from the C.SS.R. as do our official title and siglum: these make matters sufficiently clear that we are not a part of the other body called "Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer".

I hope this answers your question.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous that was not the good news I was referring to. I am referring to the Sons of the Holy Redeemer finally being given Canonical Recognition and be able to Ordain the three holy young men that have finished their priestly studies but can go no further until this happens. The FSSR have waited over three years now, which shows us all how patience should be practiced, but I think it is unfair of Rome to ask this of them.

Anonymous said...

Br. Glenn de javing! we miss you here...please persevere...we are praying for you!- Gabriel

Derek W. said...

Congratulations to postulant Arden Mills, now Br Peter! I remember him from high school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. May God bless you all as you devote yourselves to this life of work and prayer.

Anonymous said...

A belated congratulations to the new novices and the newly professed!

How wonderful it is that there are two Americans among the novices!

Barb in NY

St. Jude Pray For Me said...

Dear Rev. Fr. Michael Mary, F.SS.R.
I can only imagine what a source of satisfaction must be for you the continuous growth of vocations inside your congregation.
My prayers are with you

Anonymous said...

This may be a dumb question, but is Bro. Seelos from Texas, by chance? I noticed his family were wearing cowboy hats.
Congratulations and blessings to them all.

Transalpine Redemptorists said...

He is from Kansas.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, God bless him and the others. Bl Francis X Seelos is one I hope to see canonized soon.

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