I am grateful to God and to the Congregation for all I have received over the proceeding days and the day itself when I pronounced my final engagement in Sion 30th of August 2015. I have been encircled with the love of those of you who could come and those who were with me in prayers and through all the wishes all good words.
When Sunday the 30th came we arrived to the parish a little time before the Mass. The Parish Priests and my Supervisor for my Master thesis were really welcoming, great and helpful before and during celebration. My neighbour has prepared a beautiful decoration on which during the entry procession we have placed a Bible, my ring, the Constitutions and I have lit a candle from a Pascal Candle as a sign of my baptismal consecration. The Liturgy of Word and intercession was done in many languages. For the first time in the history of my parish the Psalm was sung in Hebrew. My final engagement in Sion was proceeded by The call, litany to all saints (to which I have added the Saints of Old Testament and have chosen those who are close to my heart and were important in the history of the Congregation) and Dialogue between sr Oonah and myself. I have received the ring from sr Trudy and sr Marie Luc, who both has accompanied me until this moment. After the vows and during signing the document the Maginificat was heard loudly. It was very moving and important moment for myself filled with love of God and love of all the People present.
At the end of the Liturgy there was a moment of thanksgiving and again a surprise for me. Various groups from the parish came to wish me blessings from God such as : Firemen, Circle of Village Women (in traditional clothes), Prayer Groups, Choir, Capella and my little nieces and nephew who absolutely wanted to give me a sunflower as well.
The Parishioners, Sisters and Brothers, friends and family were then invited to the parish house for a small reception. It was a moment where we could meet and chat a little. When this ended the close family and NDS we went to a restaurant for lunch and joyful evening filled with singing and dancing.
The next day – for those who could stay with us – we have organised a small excursion / immersion in my city and a town close to it. We had a guide who spoke about Jewish – Christian relations in both places that were filled with vibrant life before WWII and now there is no Jewish presence. Then in the afternoon we had a chance also to visit an amazingly beautiful synagogue in the second place were the guardian shared its amazing history. There is a legend that the synagogue will be never destroyed (due to Chasidic presence over the years and prayers) – and the legend is still – hopefully always- fulfilled.
I hope that through the photos (in the website gallery) and this letter you will be able to touch share this event with us. I am not able to express everything that is in my heart as it is still so much filled with the joy, light, love received these day. Again THANK YOU so much for accepting me in Sion as your sister and member of our wonderful Congregation and Family.
In Sion firmata sum