COMMUNITY OF FRANCISCAN TERTIARIES
OFM PROVINCE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Ceremony of Holy Profession
The profession calls for wearing the scapular and cord over the outer garments. During this ceremony he/she receives a new cord, white in color.
Priest: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Priest: Let us pray: O God, who taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord.
Priest: Grant, O Lord, we beseech you, that these your servants, whom you have deigned to honor with the habit of the Order, may happily attain to the completion of the work begun. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Priest: Our help is in the name of the Lord
Novice: Who made heaven and earth.
Priest: O Lord, hear my prayer
Novice: And let my cry come unto you.
Priest: The Lord be with you.
Novice: And with your spirit
Priest: Dear brother/sister, what do you request?
Novice: Reverend Father, I ask to be admitted to holy profession in the Third Order of St. Francis, that I may serve God more faithfully in the Family of St. Francis.
Priest: Thanks be to God.
(N) do you agree to take on the responsibilities of this profession?
Novice: I do and I am ready and willing.
Priest: Glory be to you O Lord, King of all creation. (Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.)
Blessing of the Cincture
Priest: Let us pray: (Blessing of a cincture)
O God our Lord, bless we beseech you these cinctures and grant that your servants who are girded with this bond of penance, may be always mindful of the cords of our Lord Jesus Christ and ever acknowledge themselves bound to your service. Through our Lord Jesus Christ who is Lord for ever and ever.
Priest addresses to the novice a few words on the sanctity of the profession to be made, reminding him/her that their profession implies no vow or obligation under pain of sin. However, he comments on the value of voluntary desire to live life of perfection.
After the discourse, the Novice comes to the altar, kneels and makes his/her profession.
The novice makes profession with folded hands, saying:
In the presence of almighty God, in honor of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, of blessed father Francis and of all the saints, I promise to observe all the time of my life the commandments of God and the Rule of the Third Order instituted by the same blessed Francis, according to the form approved by Nicholas the Fourth and Leo the Thirteenth.
Priest: If you observe what you have promised, I, on the part of almighty God, I promise you life everlasting. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Priest: May the Lord divest you of the old man with his acts, and turn away your heart from the pomps of the world, which you renounced when receiving Baptism. As you turn toward Christ in the spirit of St. Francis, May the Lord cloth you with the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth.
May the Lord gird you with the cincture of purity and extinguish in you the passion of lust so that the virtue of continency and chastity may dwell within you.
Priest: Let us pray:
O God our Father, you are the source and giver of every vocation. We pray that this your servant who has joined our Franciscan Family may faithfully fulfill its way of life. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who live and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Priest: It is right and just to sing to you, to bless you, to praise you, to thank you, to worship you everywhere in your domain, for you are God ineffable, incomprehensible, invisible, inscrutable, ever existing, yet ever the same, you and your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ and your Holy Spirit. From nothingness you brought us into being and you raised us up again when we fell. You stopped at nothing so as to lead us to heaven and gifted us with your promised Kingdom. Your mercies are without number and the treasure of goodness is infinite; we render thanks to your most gracious majesty for the gifts you have bestowed upon us, evermore beseeching your clemency that you grant petitions of your servants, never forsake them but will prepare them for the rewards to come.
It is truly right to bless you as the Theotokos, as the ever-blessed and immaculate Mother of our God. More honorable than Cherubim and more glorious than Seraphim, without corruption you gave birth to God the Word. O true Mother of God we magnify you! We beseech you Lord, make us pure at the intercession of your Mother.
O Lord Jesus Christ, when the world was growing cold, you renewed the sacred marks of your suffering in our blessed father Francis. Through his intercession inflame our hearts with the fire of your love: mercifully grant that by his merit and prayers we may always carry the cross and bring forth worthy fruits of penance.
Priest: Blessing of Brother:
O God, who have transferred blessed Louis, your confessor from the earthly kingdom to the glory of a heavenly kingdom, grant we beseech you, that through his merits and intercession this brother of yours may become the companion of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, your Son.
Priest: Blessing of Sister:
O merciful God, grant through the glorious prayers of blessed Elizabeth that she may despise the prosperity of the world, and ever enjoy the consolation of Heaven. Take possession of her heart and infuse her with your grace, that fortified by the aid of your protection she may fulfill what at your inspiration she has promised.
Through Christ our Lord.
Blessing and Presentation of the Crucifix
Blessing of Crucifix
Priest: Our help is in the name of the Lord All: Who made heaven and earth.
Priest: O Lord, hear my prayer All: And let my cry come unto you.
Priest: The Lord be with you. All: And with your spirit.
Priest: Let us pray:
Bless, O Lord Jesus Christ, this cross, through which you wrested the world from the power of the demons, and overcame with your suffering the prompter of sin, who rejoiced at the transgression of the first man in eating of the forbidden tree. May these emblems of the Cross be sanctified in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, so that those who pray and humble themselves before them for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ, may find health of body and soul. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Priest: May the Lord, who caused the Franciscan Family to arise in the Church, lead us through the guidance of St. Francis to go beyond our earthly horizons and find constant joy in the riches of his kingdom.
Priest: May God strengthen the hearts of those He has called to the Family of Francis.
Priest: May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Priest: May he turn his face to you and have mercy on you.
Priest: May he turn his countenance to you and give you His peace.
Priest: May the Lord bless you: The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Priest: Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.