In the current (May/June) issue of Lay Witness is an article by Sr. Maria-Walburga, a member of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Walburga in Colorado, about the call to be a bride of Christ. Something she mentions is the posture of the monastics as they profess their vows–the “orans” stance. As Sr. Maria-Walburga says, “It’s an act of complete abandonment and a declaration of helplessness and trust….Almost like a child, we lift our arms to the heavens and cry out, ‘Hold me up, or I’ll fall. Love me, and I will be capable of love.’”
That was on my mind when I came across these pictures from the religious profession of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles. Here is an image of them with their arms uplifted in the “orans” stance.
Here’s the source for this picture and many more.
The profession was this past May. Here’s the news story: “Eleven espoused to Christ.”