The Ceremony of First Profession and Thanksgiving Mass
On December 07 .2019 in the morning,at the Chapel of Province Of The Blessed Mary Of The Holy Spirit - Vietnam helda Thanksgiving Mass for novice Martino Dam Vu Hai, who took the first vowsafter completing the formation program at the Asia-Pacific Commission (APC) inthe Philippines.
The Mass was officiated by Fr. AnthonyNguyen Chan Hong, First Provincial Counsel. At the time of the Eucharist, therewas the presence of the brothers in the province, the guests, the relatives,benefactors, religious and the laity in attendance.
At the beginning of the Mass, thecelebrant invites the community to join in the thanksgiving of the Lord for theChurch, and the Order has new vocations that generously offer themselves to theLord in the consecrated life. Today is also a meaningful day when the Churchcelebrates the feast day of Saint Ambrose bishop - Doctor of the Church. Maytoday's new profess brother would imitate the example of Saint Ambrose, whowants to live up to his position, he has given everything, lived a simple life,devoted his heart and energy in order to serve the people of God.
Following the homily is theprofession. The novice was free to express his commitment to dedicating himselfto God through the vows of Chastity, Poverty, Obedience, and hospitality,before brother Provincial Joseph Vuong Hoai Duc - Representative of Fr. General Superior Jesus Etayo, Brothers inthe Order and before the people.
From now on, by making the vows, hewill be consecrated once more, to become a hospitaller brother, to be moredeeply integrated with his intimacy with God, with the Church and the Order, sothat he is free and to be able to carry out the role of a witness of the world,and to imitate the way that Christ lived in serving people and proclaiming the GoodNews.
Starting with this commitment, wishingthat he would keep in mind what our constitutions is reminding us that, Wededicate ourselves with joy to helping those who suffer, with those attitudesand actions which characterize the Brother of Saint John of God: humble,patient and responsible service; respect form and faithfulness to, the person;understanding, lovingkindness and self-denial; sharing in the anxieties andhopes of those who suffer (constitution 3).
We need to give thanks to the Lord forso many gifts He constantly gives down on our Order, for each of us,especially for the newly professed brother who has taken the vows today. May heexperience an even more abundant love of the Lord pouring down in hisconsecrated life.
The commitment of the newly professedbrother is the first response to a continuous journey of response to the callfrom god. May he always choose God and be faithful to his commitment today.
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