Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lovely Lilies

This year on the Feast of the Ascension and Mother's Day we feel like Easter is just beginning. There are bundles of lilies all over the place - indoors and outside!!

If you like the traditional white Easter lilies we have a simple way to increase your bounty. Lilies are perennials, meaning they grow every year. Each year when the lilies from the Chapel after Easter have died, several Sisters vie to get the "dead" ones. We just plant them outside in our gardens, or you can plant them in flower pots, as our sacristan did last year. Then, the next year at the appointed time, up come your new lilies. Unfortunately, they do not bloom in time for Easter, at least in East Texas, but they usually appear in time for Pentecost (late May or early June).

This year our Chapel has a large renewal of Easter lilies! There are many in the gardens and others have been cut for various shrines around the property. Any gardener knows that there are "good years" and "not so good" years. Last year was a "not so good" year, but that makes this year double the beauty with bumper crops of lilies. We enjoy their beauty and fragrant aroma.

Praise the Lord! He is Risen!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May is for Mary

Today is the first day of May and we begin our special community devotions to Mary for all our relatives, friends, and benefactors, and their intentions.

Every evening we stop our recreation period 5 minutes early and line up by twos in the hall. When the prioress gives the signal we begin our procession to a special statue of Our Lady outside. As we process, the chantresses intone to Litany of Loretto to Mary. We gather around the statue and when the Litany is finished we conclude with a prayer. We end the month of May with a crowning of Mary made by a Sister in the Novitiate and sometimes a special hymn.

Those large pink flowers on either side of Our Lady are begonias. They are usually medium to small flowers, but these are a special variety and are huge, the size of roses.

There are usually special flowers around the Statue which we call, "Our Lady of the Pines". But, you might recognize it as the statue that St. Therese said smiled at her when she was very sick as a child.

May this new month bring you many beautiful blessings!