The Rite which will be used by Abbot Michael (Mansbridge-Wood) next Sunday for the Blessing of a novice nun of the Columban Rule.
Let us pray for this Sister.http://orthodoxwesternrite.wordpress.com/ee-life-giving-spring-house/
BLESSING OF A NOVICE
Presenter: Father Abbot, I present to you _________ who desires the life of the angels.
Fr. Abbot: _____________, is it true, do you desire to enter the life of the angels?
Candidate: I do.
Fr. Abbot: Why do you desire this life?
Candidate: It is the life that will lead me to Christ and to His promises.
Fr. Abbot: Will you faithfully follow the precepts of Christ who is your Master?
Candidate: I will.
Fr. Abbot: Will you live chastely, in the rule of our Father Colum Cille?
Candidate: I will so live, the Lord being my helper.
Fr. Abbot: Will you give your obedience to me, your Superior?
Candidate: I will, the Lord being my helper.
Fr. Abbot: Lord, we present to Thee ___________ who has indicated his desire to live according to the life of the angels. We pray that Thou wilt accept this Thy humble, sinful servant, that he may try his vocation to the life, and that he may be aided to lead a life of purity and solemnity as may befit his to come further towards Thee and to so align his will with Thy will that she may become at one with you. We pray this through Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, One God world without end. Amen.
O God the Father, fount and source of all goodness, Who moved by Thy loving kindness, didst will Thine only-begotten Son to descend to us in this lower world and to become incarnate amongst us, we beseech Thee never to forsake this Thy servant _______ in all his searching and struggles, forgive all his sins and negligences, that he may serve Thee the only true God with pure heart and chaste body. We pray this through Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, One God world without end. Amen.
O Lord Who ordereth the lives of those who seek to follow Thee, and who sendeth Thine Angels to assist Thy faithful servants, we pray that Thou wouldst send _______ an angelic helper who will guide him throughout his struggles with the adversary and his cohorts, so that he may emerge triumphant at the last day and be accounted one of Thy faithful servants. We pray this through Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, One God world without end. Amen.
___________, I bless thee now in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Go thou now and lead the life of one who aspires to the angelic life, be attentive to the Rule of our Father Colum Cille and accept the guidance of your Superior in thine ascent towards Christ.