Ten new members were solemnly admitted to the Vincentian Marian Youth community in Kharkiv on December 9, 2019, which was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
New members’ admission took place over the course of the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Yan Vakulchak, CM. In his sermon, Fr. Yan told us it is through the grace of Mary’s immaculate conception and Her being full of grace that a human being meets God. After the homily, there was the Act of Consecration to Mary pronounced, followed by the ceremony of solemn admission of new members to the Vincentian Marian Youth. New VMM members received the Miraculous Medal as a sign of their consecration to the Virgin Mary and the manifestation of their Faith.
Moreover, every new VMM member was presented with a certificate testifying to their official admission.
Immediately after the Holy Mass, we greeted newly admitted VMM members sitting round the festive board.
We are grateful to God for filling us with tremendous joy, since we have been preparing for this event for a long time. Just like we heard in the sermon: “May your hearts rejoice in the Lord, for He accomplishes great deeds,” we wish that everyone reading this article would have a joyful heart!
By Mark Ofokha
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