|Torsten and Tiago before Evening Prayer|
The Rite begins after the scripture reading. Fr Joseph, the novice director, called each candidate forward
Fr Joseph: Let Torsten Rolfes and Tiago Casaleiro who are to be received as novices please come forward.
Provincial: Dear brother, what do you seek?
Postulants: Drawn by God's love, I have come here to live the Carmelite way of life. I ask you to teach me to follow Jesus Christ: obedient, chaste and poor. Intsruct me in the way of the Gospel so that observing yout Rule and Constitutions I may live constantly in the presence of God. Guided by the Holy Spirit to serve the Church, may I be one in mind and heart with all the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.
Provincial: God has begun a good work in you. May our mercifula nd loving Father bring it to fulfilment; may the Lord Jesus instruct you, and may the Holy Spirit overwhellm you with the gift of love.
After a brief homily the postulants then receive the habit, a tunic, belt, scapular and capuce (hood). The new novices are welcomed by the other frairs present with a sign of peace and take their place in choir.
The service of evening prayer then concluded with the singing of the Magnificat, intercessions and the blessing.
|Back row: Br. Torsten Rolfes, Fr. Joseph Chalmers (Novice Director) Br. Tiago Casaleiro|
Front Row: Br Gunther Benker (Formator, Germany) Fr Wilfrid McGreal,(Provincial of the British Province)
Fr Agostinho Castro (Commisary Provincial, Portugal)
|Br Torsten & Br Tiago after receiving the habit|