Final Vows

On May 10, 2012, two of the orig­i­nal mem­bers of the Work­ers of the Vine­yard made their Final Vows after five years of ser­vice to the Dio­cese. The com­mu­nity, founded by His Excel­lency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, began with three mem­bers and have now grown to six. The mis­sion of the Work­ers of the Vine­yard is to teach through schools and the media.The two sis­ters who made their final vows were Sis­ter Miskenta and Sis­ter Tar­bytha. Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Sis­ter Anahyd made her tem­po­rary pro­fes­sion and Eman Rofaeel made her pos­tu­lancy promise. The cer­e­mony itself was charged with joy and excite­ment. The final pro­fes­sion of the two sis­ters is the first in the his­tory of the order and was an emo­tional and happy occa­sion for all who were present. It is a rare oppor­tu­nity to wit­ness women ded­i­cate them­selves com­pletely to the ser­vice of the Lord and become his Brides.

The Cat­e­chism of the Catholic Church states in para­graph 923, “‘Vir­gins who, com­mit­ted to the holy plan of fol­low­ing Christ more closely, are con­se­crated to God by the dioce­san bishop accord­ing to the approved litur­gi­cal rite, are betrothed mys­ti­cally to Christ, the Son of God, and are ded­i­cated to the ser­vice of the Church.’ By this solemn rite (Con­se­cra­tio vir­ginum), the vir­gin is ‘con­sti­tuted … a sacred per­son, a tran­scen­dent sign of the Church’s love for Christ, and an escha­to­log­i­cal image of this heav­enly Bride of Christ and of the life to come.’”

Dur­ing his homily, Bishop Sarhad spoke of how the women who ded­i­cated them­selves that day were not want­ing in any­thing of the world before they chose to live a con­se­crated life. They had com­plete access to all the world had to offer, but they felt a desire for a deeper ful­fill­ment, one that can only be found in God.

Before the final bless­ing, Sis­ter Tar­bytha thanked the Bishop, priests and clergy for their pres­ence and sup­port, as well as the bene­fac­tors and all who were present to share that spe­cial day with them.

After the Mass, there was a recep­tion in the Hall of the Church for all who were gath­ered. The album includes pho­tographs of the cer­e­mony and reception.

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