All Orthodox orders of Nuns still clothe themselves appropriately in full habits and veil. It is a beautiful sign of faithfulness and surrender to God to wear the habit of a religious order and one which is, tragically, not essential in some more modern orders.
Before a lady makes her Solemn and final vows to sacrifice her entire life to Jesus, she will spend some time as a novice. She will deny herself earthly things and live within the chosen order. May God Bless the courageous and holy women who have given up their lives for Christ.
As her beautiful flowing tresses are cut off, this Russian Orthodox Novice prepares for her life with Christ and to receive her veil.
Carmelite Novices in 1944 wearing traditional bridal wear; a very beautiful sight.
Making her vows in pristine white.
Carmelite novices dressed as Brides of Christ.
A lovely Bride of Christ praying with her lighted candle.
Sr Miriam Rose fully veiled in a Wedding dress after she made her vows as a Carmelite Novice.
May God bless all women who selflessly give themselves to Christ Jesus.
'For God hath not called us unto uncleanness , but unto sanctification.'
1 Thessalonians 4;7