Brides of the Victorious Lamb
Impelled by the love which flows forth from our contemplative union with Jesus, the Victorious Lamb who was slain, we strive to “stand in the breach” (Ezekiel 22: 30) and lay down our lives “to complete what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ on behalf of His body, the Church,” (Colossians1: 24) interceding with Him at the right hand of the Father.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit and in union with Mary, we participate in the Paschal Mystery, continuing His redemptive mission for the salvation of souls so that all may experience a new Pentecost, birthing the New Jerusalem within, and enter the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.
We strive to bring this contemplative spirituality to the broader Church to form contemplative intercessors through retreat work, spiritual direction and participation in the life of the parish where we reside.
Our Ministry to the Sick, the Elderly and the Dying
Our volunteer work with Saint Jude Hospice, a Catholic hospice company started by a man who has a very great devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes, was highlighted in the Catholic Voice.
To view the article, click: HERE
We currently volunteer with Saint Croix Hospice (formerly Saint Jude Hospice), as well as several nursing homes, hospitals and private homes.
Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at our convent
Three of our sisters were interviewed by TJ & Rachel
on the Daybreak show at KVSS Spirit Catholic Radio
last Thursday, March 1st.
THE MEANING OF OUR NAME AND HABIT
Our name, Brides of the Victorious Lamb, reflects our charism. As Brides, we strive for that intimate relationship and contemplative union with Jesus, the Victorious Lamb who was slain (Rev 5:12) who won the victory for us on the Cross. It is through that union with Him that we are able to continue His redemptive mission and intercede with Him at the right hand of the Father for the salvation of souls. There is only one Intercessor and that is Jesus. That is why our union with the Lamb is so important – it is out of our relationship with Him that our charism of intercession flows. Seeking the mind and Heart of God on how to pray, we intercede with Jesus for all the different needs in our Church and the world, especially for priests.
As we prayed to seek the mind and heart of the Lord concerning our habits, it was clear that we were to use Mary as our model and that we were to reflect “the new Jerusalem…prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev 21:2) witnessing to communal life and love so that we may give others the hope and foretaste of heaven.
BLUE TUNIC & SCAPULAR
The blue color of the habit symbolizes Our Lady, as well as the Living Waters flowing from the pierced Heart of Jesus which brings hope and healing to all of mankind.
“To the thirsty I will give water without price from the fountain of the water of life.” (Rev 21:6)
“You will draw waters with joy out of the Savior’s fountain.” (Is 12:3) Haurietis Aquas
The white veil symbolizes both the purity of the bride “clothed with fine linen, bright and pure” (Rev 19:9) and the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit.
WOOD ROSARY WITH MIRACULOUS MEDAL
AND SAINT BENEDICT CRUCIFIX
On our belts, we wear the Rosary, which we pray communally every day in devotion to Our Lady for the salvation of souls. It is our weapon and a sign of our consecration to her. These rosaries have been blessed by Pope Francis, and they also received the Benedictine blessing by a Benedictine priest at the Monastery of St. Benedict in Norcia, Italy.
During all liturgical prayer we wear a cream-colored liturgical mantle which symbolizes being clothed in Christ and invaded by the Holy Spirit. The mantle is a seamless garment which also symbolizes Our Lady’s virtues.
We wear a silver cross depicting Our Lady of Sorrows at the foot of the Cross holding a chalice to catch every drop of Her Son’s Most Precious Blood, interceding with Him for all of humanity. In obedience to Christ, our Divine Master, who first died on the Cross for us, and in union with Mary, we allow our hearts to be pierced to bring forth the New Wine, the New Pentecost to the Church and to the world.
Please pray for us that our lives will be a constant hymn of praise of the Triune God. Thank you!