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The Wedding Dress Orders (For Us Romantics)

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[img]http://www.poorclaressantabarbara.org/images/M1-4.jpg[/img][img]http://www.poorclaressantabarbara.org/images/M1-1.jpg[/img]

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OnlySunshine
Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate:

[img]http://marymediatrix.com/images/stories/rel_life/sisters/fsi_novice2.jpg[/img]

Not exactly a wedding gown, per se, but the Sisters of Reparation have the novice-to-be process in with a long lace veil, instead of the black postulant veil, and a candle:

[img]http://www.sistersofreparation.org/Vocations/Novice1.jpg[/img]

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Sr Mary Catharine OP
[quote name='IgnatiusofLoyola' timestamp='1318962213' post='2323267']

It's been a long time since I saw the video, so I don't remember. But, the video should still be on YouTube.

I (think) I've seen some Dominican communities that do not wear rings. Am I imagining this?
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It's been a off and on thing. The moniales didn't wear a ring until after Vat II although it's in the old 1932 Ceremonial. I heard that it was because we weren't making solemn vows after the French revolution. The nuns (all cloistered nuns) began making solemn vows again after about 1945-1950.

We wear wedding rings but no wedding dress. A few wore them way back around 1920 but it stopped. It was a Dominican tradition. We are more in the Cistercian tradition of a certain stark beauty and simplicity.

But oh, how I missed not having a crown of flowers at profession! :-(

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IgnatiusofLoyola
[quote name='Sr. Mary Catharine' timestamp='1318966402' post='2323299']

It's been a off and on thing. The moniales didn't wear a ring until after Vat II although it's in the old 1932 Ceremonial. I heard that it was because we weren't making solemn vows after the French revolution. The nuns (all cloistered nuns) began making solemn vows again after about 1945-1950.

We wear wedding rings but no wedding dress. A few wore them way back around 1920 but it stopped. It was a Dominican tradition. We are more in the Cistercian tradition of a certain stark beauty and simplicity.

But oh, how I missed not having a crown of flowers at profession! :-(
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I was hoping you would log in and give us your "expert" information on this. (So much better than a bunch of us sitting around guessing!)

And, if you ever hear anything about the Lockport Community that you feel comfortable sharing on the Internet, I think that at least those of us who knew "Saint Therese" would appreciate anything you could share.

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MissScripture
[quote name='Lisa' timestamp='1318963084' post='2323279']

You're correct- I know the NDs/DSMME don't wear wedding rings. The story I heard was that in some war time (possibly the Civil War), the Sisters melted down their wedding rings to sell the gold and help the poor. They continued this tradition, and the DSMME carried on this tradition when they started their new community from the NDs.
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My sister just said that historically they didn't have the money for the rings, so they just never used them. I like your story better. :hehe2:

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Lisa
[quote name='MissScripture' timestamp='1318978182' post='2323390']
My sister just said that historically they didn't have the money for the rings, so they just never used them. I like your story better. :hehe2:
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Fail. Wow. Now I feel bad for sharing inaccuracies, please forgive me.

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IgnatiusofLoyola
[quote name='Lisa' timestamp='1318979206' post='2323396']

Fail. Wow. Now I feel bad for sharing inaccuracies, please forgive me.
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It's razzle dazzle. After all you didn't claim to be grand poobah of info on the NDs. All you said was, "The story I heard......." i.e., you put a caveat on your information. Now, if you were one of my "helpers" (or whatever they were called) on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" then I might be upset.

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MissScripture
[quote name='Lisa' timestamp='1318979206' post='2323396']

Fail. Wow. Now I feel bad for sharing inaccuracies, please forgive me.
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Well, I don't know for sure if that's completely inaccurate or if my sister was just giving an abbreviated version or something. :idontknow: But like I said, I like you're story better. ;)

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the171
Well, the Lafayette Carms do. :) Love these gals. Brittlyn, now Sr.Teresa of Jesus, was JUST clothed on the 15. This is Sr.Maria Faustina of Merciful Love's clothing. I'll post Sr.Teresa in a minute.

[img]http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/305097_159273434163777_100002433656326_296995_1248402341_n.jpg[/img]

[img]http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/321501_159274377497016_100002433656326_296998_380112936_n.jpg[/img]

[img]http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/291946_159274850830302_100002433656326_297001_752743529_n.jpg[/img]

[img]http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/298622_159273997497054_100002433656326_296996_1994987620_n.jpg[/img]

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Queen'sDaughter
The pics are lovely. It seems to me that the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary wear the gowns too, but I am not sure. Does anyone know?

Ignatius, of course you are right in what you said about discerners and gowns. Personally I would go to whatever order God wants regardless of such things, but at the same time I am very glad that they do use the symbolism of the dress, and later, the profession ring. I think that all women have a desire to make themselves beautiful for their beloved, and the wearing of the gown is a way to express the desire for internal beauty to please the Beloved.

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OnlySunshine
[quote name='Queen'sDaughter' timestamp='1318991634' post='2323468']
The pics are lovely. It seems to me that the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary wear the gowns too, but I am not sure. Does anyone know?

Ignatius, of course you are right in what you said about discerners and gowns. Personally I would go to whatever order God wants regardless of such things, but at the same time I am very glad that they do use the symbolism of the dress, and later, the profession ring. I think that all women have a desire to make themselves beautiful for their beloved, and the wearing of the gown is a way to express the desire for internal beauty to please the Beloved.
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I have heard that they do, too, but I couldn't find any pictures of the investiture ceremony. :(

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GraceUk
Ages and ages ago somebody posted a video of three postulants beng clothed in lovely wedding dresses. It was an order in France or Belgium I think. Anybody still got the link. I seem to have lost it.

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brandelynmarie
Hope y'all don't mind me posted these other pictures, but they are beautiful. :love:

[img]http://i431.photobucket.com/albums/qq39/barbiepreece/BrideOfChrist.jpg[/img]

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