In our Passionist tradition, our communities of nuns through the world (there are 25 – 30 of us!) have a communal renewal of vows on November 21st during the celebration of Mass. Our Holy Founder, Saint Paul of the Cross, chose this day – the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple – so that in her likeness, we Passionists might deepen our total consecration to the Person and the redemptive work of her Divine Son, Jesus.
On this day, also celebrated as Pro Orantibus Day, we invite each of you our readers, to re-commit yourself to the vocation to which you are called, so that united in the Mystical Body of Christ, we might all strengthen and encourage one another to love and serve Christ our King with all our hearts!
Vow Formula for Annual Renewal of Vows
For the honor of God, I, a professed member of the Institute of the Passion of Jesus Christ, renew my firm resolve to be intimately consecrated to Jesus Crucified, and to follow Him more closely.
In the presence of God and of you, my sisters and brothers, I freely confirm and renew the vow to promote devotion to and a grateful remembrance of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, as well as the vows of Chastity, Poverty, Obedience and Enclosure, according to our Rule and Constitutions.
I earnestly beseech God who in His mercy has sustained my weakness and has been faithful to my good will, to continue to strengthen me in what I have promised by vow.
I pray that I may persevere faithfully until my death in my vocation in the Church: to be “a sign of the love of Jesus Crucified for the Father and for all humanity.”
By the grace of the Holy Spirit, and through the intercession of the Sorrowful Virgin Mary and of Saint Paul of the Cross, may I reach the perfection of charity and one day receive the rich reward of the Paschal Mystery in heaven. Amen.
May God reward you for your prayers during our retreat! Blessed Feast day to you!