Consecrated Life

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Cell of a hermit in Moville Highcross, Ireland

Consecrated life ( Latin Vita Consecrata ) describes a number of forms of consecrated life, especially in Christianity , which in their original form go back to early Christianity .

There are forms of consecrated life in many churches , such as the Catholic , Orthodox, and Anglican churches . Some of these forms of consecrated life are lived in communion in a monastery , convent or community , but there are also solitary forms of life, such as those of diocesan hermits and consecrated virgins . The life of consecrated persons, the religious , is usually regulated not only by church law but also by a rule or order of life. For various forms of consecrated life, see:

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Vita Consecrata

Pope John Paul II wrote the post-synodal apostolic letter Vita Consecrata , published on March 25, 1996, on the consecrated life and its mission in the Church and in the world . He also declared on January 6, 1997 that the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord should in future also be celebrated the annual day of consecrated life.

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