Last Sunday saw triple rejoicing on Papa Stronsay.
The 31st May 2015 is, of course, the feast of the Most Blessed Trinity.
It is also the feast of the Queenship of Mary, and is thus the 16th anniversary of our coming to Papa Stronsay.
And we received two new novices into our Congregation. Deo Gratias!
The two postulants kneel before the altar and are addressed by Very Rev. Fr Michael Mary, F.SS.R.
They prostrate themselves during the chanting of the Veni Creator Spiritus, and are covered with the funeral pall, representing the slaying of the "old man" and their death to the world.
The new novice receives the habit of our Congregation.
"Son, put on Our Lord Jesus Christ, always surrounding thy body with His mortification."
He is presented with the crucifix which he will wear around his neck.
"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."
He kisses the crucifix.
"I will die O Lord for the love of Thy love, who has deigned to die for the love of my love."
Receiving the Rosary.
"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."
Receiving the Scapular.
"'Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.'
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."
The new novices receive their names:
Thanks be to God for these new members of our Congregation!
We wish them many blessings and especially that of perseverance.