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‘The Brides of Christ’

TBT2Prior to Vatican II, there was a great amount of emphasis on the Feast of the Assumption within the Sisters of Providence Congregation.

The feast honors Mary – mother of Jesus – whom many Christians believe was bodily taken to heaven after her earthly life.

The Sisters of Providence still recognize the feast – celebrated on August 15 each year – but to a lesser degree.

Prior to Vatican II, two receptions took place during the Mass for the Feast of the Assumption.

The first received women religious into the novitiate. It was designed for women who had made the decision to enter the Congregation. At that time, the sister would be given a black habit and white veil, indicating that they were novices within the Congregation.

The first photo (above) here depicts a handful of sisters receiving their white veils and habits during the Mass, having been dressed as “Brides of Christ.”

TBT1The second reception on the Feast of the Assumption involved the sisters who were professing their first vows. After taking their first vows, the sisters would then receive a black veil, which is what you see in the second photo (to the left).

Both of these photos came from our Archives department.

The Feast of the Assumption was one of two occasions where the habit was received and the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience were pronounced. The other feast was January 23, also a feast of Mary.

The Sisters of Providence still celebrate the Feast of the Assumption annually with a special Mass and a festive meal.

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Jason Moon

Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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6 Comments

  1. Mary Tomlinson on August 11, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Jason. Thanks for doing this every Thursday. It’s really informative. Have a nice weekend. S. Mary Tomlinson

    • Jason Moon on August 11, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thank you, Sister Mary!

  2. Judy ODwyer on August 11, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    What year were these pictures taken? My cousin, Patricia Talarico, (sister James Ann) died recently. I know these pictures would have brought a smile to her face!

    • Jason Moon on August 12, 2016 at 8:19 am

      I will get the information for you as soon as possible.

    • Jason Moon on August 12, 2016 at 11:19 am

      The “Brides of Christ” photo was taken in 1950.

      • Thomas Golden on August 12, 2016 at 11:52 pm

        The picture has to have been taken post-1960. The sisters in the photo are wearing the habit that was changed in 1960. Until the fall of 1960, the sisters wore headgear that hid the face from side views. These habits were adopted in 1960.

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