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.
The consecrated virgin in a particular way images the Church as virgin-bride of Christ, and, because of this, it is assumed that a woman who aspires to Consecration has been living tranquilly a private resolve of perpetual virginity for the sake of Jesus Christ for several years. She has the gift of physical virginity to offer to Christ, as she has not knowingly and deliberately engaged in sexual relations at any time during her life. In cases in which the loss of physical virginity was not intended by the woman, for example in case of rape or involuntary incest, she remains eligible for the consecration of virgins.
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In this file photo, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit prays over three women consecrated as virgins during a ceremony at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. ROME — Almost 50 years after the Church published the new Rite of Consecrated Virginity, the Vatican has issued an instruction on the state of life, its discipline, and the responsibilities of diocesan bishops toward the vocation of consecrated virgins. A consecrated virgin is a never-married woman who dedicates her perpetual virginity to God and is set aside as a sacred person who belongs to Christ in the Catholic Church.
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.
Washington D. The instruction drew criticism from the Lansing, Mich. The association is a voluntary organization of consecrated virgins in the U.
By Dr. Jeff Mirus bio - articles - email Jul 12, This is evident in a preliminary statement issued today by the United States Association of Consecrated Virginswhich concluded its annual convention today in Miami, Florida.
In the Catholic Churcha consecrated virgin has been consecrated by the church to a life of perpetual virginity as an exclusive spouse of Christ. Consecrated virgins are consecrated by the diocesan bishop according to the approved liturgical rite. The consecrated virgins are to spend their time in works of penance and mercy, in apostolic activity and in prayer, according to their state of life and spiritual gifts.
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.