Since the fourth century, consecrated virginity has been recognized by the Church as a spousal union between a woman and Christ. The ancient tradition is coming back into focus after Pope Francis approved a new instruction, Ecclesiae Sponsae Imagoon June 8, clarifying the life for modern times. The U.
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What does that mean? Susan Spiegelberg holds a candle she received during her consecration Mass June 8 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St.
Washington D. The instruction drew criticism from the Lansing, Mich. The association is a voluntary organization of consecrated virgins in the U.
The ancient practice of consecrating a virgin was revived in after the Second Vatican Council. According to canon law, the order of virgins is similar to other forms of consecrated life, though they live and work in the secular community. They must never have married or lived in any open violation of chastity, and must show the character and prudence necessary to dedicate themselves to a chaste life in service of the Church.
It is a source of joy and hope to witness in our time a new flowering of the ancient Order of Virgins, known in Christian communities ever since apostolic times. Consecrated by the diocesan Bishop, these women acquire a particular link with the Church, which they are committed to serve while remaining in the world. Either alone or in association with others, they constitute a special eschatological image of the Heavenly Bride and of the life to come, when the Church will at last fully live her love for Christ the Bridegroom.
There are about members of the Order of Virgins worldwide; the US association represents about of them. Traditionally, consecrated virgins are women who have never had intercourse, and who choose to live celibate lives to obtain closer union with God, while living an otherwise ordinary life within their communities. They pledge perpetual virginity and service in the Church under the guidance of their local bishop.
Updated March 04, Zara Tai didn't wear white on her wedding day, but then again, it wasn't a conventional ceremony. She wasn't marrying a long-term boyfriend or even a high school sweetheart — this Parramatta-based town planner was saying "I do" to Jesus. It's a title bestowed to virgin women who promise to remain physical virgins, as brides of Christ, for the sake of the kingdom of God.
I assumed the two terms were synonymous, until I read recently about a new Vatican document on the topic of consecrated virgins, and it sounds like they are something different from nuns…. If not, what does this term mean, then? Q2: I have been discerning consecrated virginity for several years now but I am not sure if I am qualified.