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Cut off age for novices
« on: July 08, 2008, 10:29:30 PM »
Does anyone know if there is a "standard" cut off age for men and/or women who desire to enter monasteries as novices?  Is there such a thing?  Also, does anyone know if there is a "typical" duration for remaining a novice?  Do all novices receive a monastic tonsure upon completion of their time?
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Re: Cut off age for novices
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008, 11:12:20 PM »
Does anyone know if there is a "standard" cut off age for men and/or women who desire to enter monasteries as novices? 
Yes
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Is there such a thing? 
No but this varies from one monastic community to another. Some may require that you to have been in a monastic setting before age 20 while other welcome those who are very advanced in age.
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Also, does anyone know if there is a "typical" duration for remaining a novice?
There is no set period however each monastic community may have their rules.
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Do all novices receive a monastic tonsure upon completion of their time?
There are many who never receive any tonsure, they may just be given the blessing to wear a cassock and skufi. Often the first tonsure is the only tonsure a monk may receive, that is the tonsure of the Rassaphore. This first tonsure is a setting aside but it does not require a monastic vow. Most people you will see in a monastery are actually Rassaphores and not Stavrophore, which requires a monastic vow.
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Re: Cut off age for novices
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2008, 11:39:48 AM »
I know a couple of nuns who entered the monastic life after their retirement. They are both quite well-suited for it, I believe.
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