The Clothing of a Nun
The clothing of a Nun is called a "Religious Habit" or "Habit" for short. Being clothed in the Passionist habit is a symbol of the inner transformation that takes place throughout the life of a Passionist Nun. To read more about the spirituality of the habit don't miss Sr. Lucia Marie's article written on the occasion of her reception of the holy habit in February 2015.
Morning Habit Assembly
The holy habit is a cherished part of our Passionist monastic life. Every day, as the 4:30 am bell rouses us from our beds, we put on this garment of the Passion, given to St. Paul of the Cross and his spiritual children as a very tangible way in which we live our loving remembrance of our Crucified Bridegroom. Vesting ourselves each morning in the habit is a prayer and a renewal of our commitment to Passionist life (albeit a semi-conscious one for some of us who have trouble waking up!). We thought you would enjoy a glimpse into this little ritual that begins each Passionist day.
The prayers quoted below are not official, but they were composed some years ago by a novice, based on the texts of the Passionist vestition ceremony, and a number of us pray them as we put on each piece of our holy habit.
Putting on the Habit:
O Jesus Crucified, help me to unite myself with you who humbled yourself and took the form of a slave, becoming obedient even to death on a Cross. May this holy garment of the Passion help me lovingly to remember you, and to proclaim you with all my heart, words, and deeds.
Girding oneself with the Belt and Rosary:
My suffering Spouse, as you were bound by chains and ropes in your Passion, may I be bound to you by the bonds of love. My Sorrowful Mother, may I ever stand with you at the foot of the Cross.
Putting on the Veil:
Dear Saint [personal patron], teach me to be a pure and faithful bride of Christ Crucified. May I daily grow more docile to my Passionist formation, that one day I may vow myself to Him forever.
or (after profession)
Dear Saint [personal patron], teach me to be a pure and faithful bride of Christ Crucified. May I ever grow more docile to my Bridegroom, as I live out my vows in daily Passionist life.
Buckling the Sandals:
Holy Father Paul of the Cross, help me to walk in the footsteps of my Beloved, even unto Calvary. May I die mystically in Him, that I may live in Him forever.