11 October, 2019 - Brother Lazarus makes simple profession


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Br. Lazarus signs his vows, committing him to stability, obedience and fidelity to the monastic way of life for one year.

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The abbot and novice master clothe Br. Lazarus in the black scapular of the professed.

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"What do you seek?" "The mercy of God and of the Order." Like generations of monks before him, Br. Lazarus began his simple profession with these words.

On Oct. 6, Br. Lazarus vowed obedience, fidelity to the monastic way of life and stability to the community for one year.

After writing the vows in his own hand, Br. Lazarus read them aloud, signed them and handed them to the abbot in the presence of the brothers.


As an outward sign of this commitment - known as temporary or simple profession - the abbot and novice master removed his white novitiate scapular and placed upon him the black scapular and leather belt of the professed.

The abbot also gave him a copy of the Rule of St. Benedict, which lays out the monastic way of life.

As a junior, Br. Lazarus will move out of the novitiate and occupy a new cell with the professed. He will also take on new levels of responsibility and receive a permanent work assignment.


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The new junior monk receives a copy of the Rule of St. Benedict.

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The community welcomes the junior monk as one of the professed.

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This was Gethsemani's third simple profession in three years, with Br. Matthias making simple vows in 2017 and Brs. Abel and Joseph in 2018.

Simple profession is renewed annually for at least two more years before a brother is able to request solemn, perpetual vows.

Please pray for our juniors and for all our brothers in formation.

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With Br. Lazarus's profession of vows, Gethsemani Abbey now has four monks in the Juniorate.

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