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Their caption: Singing Christmas Carols and wearing those zany hats loaned by our sweet Oblate Veda!

This picture made me smile! :)

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<blockquote class='ipsBlockquote'data-author="NonNovi" data-cid="2531164" data-time="1357829234"><p>
I think this is her now:<br />
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A nice family portrait:<br />
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(I'm wondering why the sister on the right is the only one with a slightly different colour of habit)</p></blockquote>

Forgot to comment on this post-better late than never! The brown habit is the work habit, the serge habit is the 'good' habit for Sundays, Feast days, and white-collar work. The nuns only have these two habits. Mother Francis spoke beautifully of the Franciscan custom of dressing for occasions.. So the good habit must be worn to the great days of a nun's life, which are the great feasts of the Church. I love this custom! Thanks again for the pics, Non Novi!

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Does the custom still apply in some habited religious orders, that if a Sister dies and her habit is still in good condition, that the habit is passed on?  This means of course that each Sister has two habits, one for ordinary days, the other is 'for best'.  She is buried in one of these habits and the remaining one may still be in quite good condition.

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As far as I know, in all communities where My Lady Poverty is an important person(!) nothing is ever wasted.

 

Habits are picked apart, remodelled, re sewn, passed on to another sister and finally cut up and used for the dusting or other household chores. In all of these situations they are honoured.

 

In my noviciate when Sr Augustine died we got the parts of her habit that were beyond being re made into more habits or used for patching. We hemmed them while contemplating her long life and perseverance, and dusted the noviciate with them reverently each morning.

 

Later, I was thrilled to know our habit had a 'new' back panel made from the habit Sr Jaqueline our music directness had worn before she passed to Glory.

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We Dominican Nuns are so simple in regard to habits! We have 2 and at least here at Summit (I know it is similar in other monasteries) we are given a clean habit for Sunday and it is worn throughout the week. Then we are given our 2nd habit to wear the next Sunday ONLY and we go back to the first habit for the next week. If we need to go to the parlor or there is a holy day we wear the current "Sunday only" habit...that being the cleanest and less wrinkled!

 

We also have a Christmas/Easter habit that is only worn those weeks and for extra, extra special occasions although if the cappa worn it pretty much covers the habit so no one knows!

 

It used to be that you got one habit for clothing and new habit for profession. We are low in extra habits :saint2: so now novices usually get 2 and the 3rd for profession. I got my first new habit about 6 after I got the habit!

 

Sister might be buried in one of their habits but usually they are buried in something old if hers could be passed on.

 

Your habit might also be given to someone who is in immediate need and then the vestiarian provides you with another one. At least here we have to be detached from our habits. We follow the rule of St. Augustine that one person is in charge of clothing and distributing as needed. You have to ask permission to wash your habit outside of the regular community habit wash. Sometimes it's needed like when Sabina our dog comes in from the rain and decides to jump on you!

 

We used to add panels, etc. but the quality of the fabric is so bad now that it is not worth it and we good wool is expensive and doesn't last very long. When I got the habit I got one that had been made 30 years before. It is now a "night habit". I suspect it will be until I die! It's not showing any signs of wearing! We can't get habit material like that anymore.

 

Tide to Go pens were the best thing ever invented for a Dominican!

 

 

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Thank you maximillion and Sr Mary Catherine for your responses.  I was curious to know what applied today.

I love seeing all these habits, the very old and the very new.  I did have to Google "tide to go pen" to find out what it was! :sos:  Now I know and my next step will be to obtain some.  

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Even if I'm not called here in the end, I will always <3 and keep the Order of the Two Hearts in my prayers. For now, I feel called there.

 

They do have one of the most beautiful habits out there in my opinion   :saint2:

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A newer community - Franciscan Handmaids of the Immaculate

I made those habits and scapulars for these Sisters when I was a Novice with them in 2011. I had to return home same year. Great Sisters and wonderful, holy community.

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