Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fun with Nuns in the Sun

On Saturday mornings my three younger girls head over to the formation house just a few miles from our house to hang out with the young nuns known around here as the "blue nuns" or the Sister Servants. Their formal name is actually Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara but that tends to be too much of a mouthful for folks around here. As part of the Order's mission, the Sisters hold what is commonly called Oratory for girls in their various formation houses and convents in the DC area. My girls look forward to these Saturday events every week. The Sisters take them on hikes, play games with them, bake goodies with them, teach them about various Saints and Christian Virtues, and pray with them.

This last Saturday moms were invited to join in the fun with an afternoon of tea, talent, and prayer. We had truly gorgeous weather for the day; I'm sure the Sisters arranged that! We began in the Adoration Chapel with prayers and singing. We then headed outside for a tea party spread across two long tables under the shade of huge budding trees. After refreshments the girls put on a show displaying their various talents. As a finale, the girls were armed with roses and made a procession back into the chapel to honor the Blessed Mother with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

I am so incredibly thankful for this group of young nuns. They have become such a wonderful example to my girls of beauty, piety and joyful love and service to Christ.

Special K with her friend Special J enjoying the tea party.

Oleander and Skoshi A played a duet during the talent show.

Special J's incredibly cute baby sister. She was playing "Peek-a-boo" with me over her mother's shoulder.

I took about a dozen photos of this sister. This is Sister Aparthenos (a derivative of "virgin" in Greek). She is always smiling and laughing. She makes everyone smile. She absolutely radiates joy.

Here she is again with that infectious smile. She's with her partner in crime, Sister Porta Caeli (door of Heaven). Yep, these are the kind of young women I love for my girls to hang out with.
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Party of Eight said...

This is so wonderful! I enjoyed the pictures with some more familiar faces ;D Is the Oratory for your Parish only? Or is it geared toward all local parishes?

Anonymous said...

I love to hear about the gang and their adventures. Nothing better than having such spiritually strong women pour into their lives. I love the pic with Little O and Angelina the Ballerina tickling the ivories for the sisters! They definitely got their talent to perform from their awesome uncle. I also love the pic with Baby Wingy and Kitty Kat in front of the statue of Jesus. Lots of cool metaphors can be used with that photo. Loves and kisses to the gang. Love ya too Mau

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