Revd Fr Paul Kitchenham Most Revd Bruno Pedrini Revd Fr Scott Blunt Br Willis Mur'rel Wright
Fra Uriel (Umberto) Corra R.R. Dom Kyrill Esposito OSB
Oblates of the Holy Cross are clergy or lay people (of any ecclesiastical jurisdiction in communion with the Holy Celtic Church) who wish to connect with our order without becoming full members. We encourage our Oblates to wear the Red Scapular and to offer works of mercy and a few minutes of Eucharistic Adoration from time to time, for our intentions and as a way of participating in our charism. Oblates are normally admitted to membership by Clergy, another Oblate or any priest with faculties to do so from the Abbot and are invested with the Red Scapular using the form below. Intern Oblates are admitted to the virtual community Chapter, participate more fully in the Benedictine charism of the Order by daily recitation of part of the Divine Office and are often under the episcopal supervision of an OSBA bishop, whilst the majority of Oblates are Extern Oblates. who are more like "Associates" (in other religious communities) and whose only obligation is to pray for the order and support our work in whatever way they can.
Those interested in Oblature are invited to make an enquiry using the Contact Form below.
Admission of an Oblate of the Holy Cross and Investiture with the Red Scapular
One of our Oblates, Fr Paul
BLESSING AND INVESTITURE WITH THE RED SCAPULAR OF OUR LORD'S PASSION AND SACRED HEART, AND OF THE IMMACULATE VIRGIN'S LOVING AND COMPASSIONATE HEART
The one who is to receive the scapular is kneeling. The priest vested in surplice and red stole, says:
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord. All: Who made heaven and earth. P: The Lord be with you. All: May He also be with you.
N........... do you wish to be enrolled as an Oblate of the Holy Cross? Candidate: I do.
Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, who condescended to clothe yourself in our mortal nature, and to despoil yourself, taking the form of a servant and becoming obedient, even to the death of the cross; we humbly beg you in your boundless goodness to bless + this garment, designed as a reminder of your bitter passion and of your Sacred Heart, as well as a reminder of the loving and compassionate heart of your immaculate Mother. May this servant of yours, who is to wear it, all the better meditate on these mysteries; and may he (she), by the merits and prayers of the blessed Virgin Mary, likewise put on you. We ask this of you who live and reign forever and ever. All: Amen.
Then the priest sprinkles the scapular with holy water, and invests the person with it, saying:
Take, dear brother (sister), this sacred garb, and divesting yourself of the old man, put on the new man. May you wear it with honor and thus attain everlasting life. All: Amen.
Then the priest continues: (By the faculty granted me) I make you a partaker of all the spiritual benefits with which this holy scapular is endowed and admit you as an Oblate of the Holy Cross; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. All: Amen.
Candidate: I ..............offer myself to Almighty God through the Blessed Virgin Mary as an oblate of the Holy Cross and, inspired by the charism of the Order, I wish to dedicate myself to the service of God and humanity in so far as my state in life permits.
Officiant: I now accept your Oblation and admit you into spiritual union and affiliation with our community as an Oblate and give you the privilege of sharing in the prayers and good works of the community. May God strengthen you in your faith. May you persevere in your holy resolution to serve God and humanity in accord with the charism of our community, as your state in life permits. And may God reward you, according to His promises, with the vision of His glory for all eternity. R. Amen.
In conclusion the following versicle is said three times: We therefore implore you to save your servants whom your precious blood redeemed.
St Godric of Finchale OB.S.B. , Patron of our Intern Oblates, with his friend St Robert of Newminster O. Cist.