"I have sought Him
whom I love with all my heart."
Christ has set a mark upon my face,
that I should admit no
other lover but Him!
On the day of her first profession,
a Poor Clare novice truly becomes the Bride of Christ
as she professes simple vows
of obedience, poverty, chastity and enclosure.
"Come, spouse of Christ, receive the
crown which the Lord has prepared for you
from all eternity."
"Veni electa. . . .
"Come, my chosen one..."
"Lord, here I am! You have called me;
be it done to me according to Your word."
"Receieve this veil which proclaims
that you are
given to Christ the Lord and dedicated in your cloister to the service of the Church."
"We ask You graciously to bless
emblem of lowliness of heart...and a
visible mark of our sister's holy purpose."