On the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple and the Purification of Our Lady, one of our Novices, Br Edmund, presented himself as a sacrifice to God by making his first vows of Poverty Chastity and Obedience. His family had come all the way from the USA to witness his profession. Since the weather was too bad to bring them to Papa Stronsay during the day, the ceremony was held in the evening when the wind had dropped.
Br Edmund kneels before the Altar. He is both the Sacrifice to be offered, and the one offering it. Thus at one and the same time he is both priest and victim.
Br Edmund (left) prepares to bind himself by vow to God.
He prostrates himself before the Altar and the funeral pall is spread over him, representing his death to the world and to the 'old man'.
The community chant the Veni Creator Spiritus.
Br Edmund pronounces the three vows while kneeling before Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament:
"...prostrate on my knees,
I promise and vow for three years:
OBEDIENCE, CHASTITY, and POVERTY."
Brother receives the Pallium of a professed monk, and at the same time receives his full religious name: Br Edmund Maria of the Empress of the Americas.
Brother signs the certificate of his profession.
The community on Papa Stronsay.
Br Edmund Maria with his parents and siblings.
Congratulations to Br Edmund Maria for the wonderful gift he has made to God!