27 November 2005

Waiting for Clare

Yesterday we attended the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy at the nearby Monastery run by the Order of St Paul the First Hermit. The monastery has a replica of the miraculous image of Our Lady which has a fascinating history.
As part of the Mass, Clare and one of her homeschooling friends were dressed in white dresses and small veils (see next post) and assisted in bringing up the offertory gifts. Clare took this role very seriously and walked up the aisle VERY slowly. Waiting patiently was the Bishop, James and the prior of the Monastery. You can tell from the Bishop's expression that they are watching the progress very carefully. In the background is one of the Brothers of the monastery wondering what is taking so long. James is doing his job standing patiently.

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