Minh's Private Perpetual Vow of Chastity
as a Consecrated Virgin
Rev. Father John Eudes' homily
1, 2008 "Making
a private perpetual vow of chastity and consecrating themselves to God while
living in the world were first introduced by the consecrated virgins of the
Today, while a relatively small number of virgins are publicly recognized by the Church under Canon law and have been consecrated and live under the authority of their Bishops (they belong to the Order of the Consecrated Virgins), other men and women may Consecrate themselves to God privately. This private vow of chastity has no canonical consequences, but takes on only a personal obligation, binding in conscience and resulting in a more explicit and intimate attachment binding one with God, even though there are no obligations in the public forum.
Rev. Father John Eudes Bamberger's guidance and teaching, Minh has been making
her temporary vow of chastity one year at a time and learning how to
live it for almost ten years. Sustained by God's loving
mercy, she lives under the law of love, the Holy Spirit.
On this occasion she will pronounce the private vow of chastity and will live as a consecrated virgin for life. As friends, you are invited to celebrate and thank God with her today on the solemnity of God's Mother who has helped her, given her the spiritual support and reassured her of his calling.
May the Bridegroom of our souls be our every happiness, peace and strength as we continue on seeking and loving him. Amen. O Holy Mother of God, pray of us."
Abbot John Eudes Bamberger
SOLEMNITY OF THE
MOTHER OF GOD
January 1, 2008
ABBEY OF THE
MINHHANG K. HUYNH'S SOLEMN VOW CEREMONY Presided and received by Abbot John Eudes in the name of the Church
CALLING AND EXAMINATION
INVITATION TO PRAYER - LITANY OF THE SAINTS
PRAYER INTENTION RENEWAL - MINH'S PERPETUAL VOW OF CHASTITY TO GOD
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION
PRESENTATION OF THE INSIGNIA OF CONSECRATION: Prayer Book, Ring, Veil (after hair cutting)
CONCLUDING RITE - SOLEMN BLESSING
MASS Celebrant: Abbot John Eudes; concelebrant: Abbot John
LITURGY OF THE WORD
LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Sauling, Debbie, Francesca, Bridgid
Abba John, Blessed Mother, Baby Jesus, Matthew
Abba John Eudes, Vy, Mary
Abba John Eudes lighting Minh's baptismal candle
Children's choir during the Offertory hymn: What Child is This?
Abba John Eudes calling and examining Minh's vow intention
Litany of the Saints
Abba John Eudes cutting Minh's hair
Olympia, Abba J.E., Minh, Mother, sister Diem