In the Order you will be called...

This morning, on the Solemnity of our Holy Father Dominic, our postulant Sr. Maria received the Dominican Habit and began her novitiate. Ordinarily the vestition ceremony is held in the Chapter Hall, but the August weather necessitated that it be held in Choir. This is a private ceremony which, for us, takes the place of Terce. 

At the very end of the ceremony the newly clothed novice returns to kneel before the prioress and receive her religious name. Everyone holds their breath and strains to hear as the prioress says...

"In the Order you will be called
Sister Maria Johanna of Our Lady of Grace."

More pictures of the ceremony to come!