Divine Mercy in my Soul PDF File†††† ††††††
FOOTNOTE 69 My petition while we were lying prostrate under the pall. †††† (Diary 239) ††††††
† The pall - a large piece of black cloth with a white cross in the middle. According to the Congregation's ceremonial procedure, before taking perpetual vows the sisters prostrated themselves before the altar and were covered with the pall as a symbol of being dead to the world. In the meantime, other sisters recited Psalm 129, and the bells tolled as during a funeral. The officiating priest, usually a bishop, sprinkled the prostrate sisters with holy water and then said: "Rise, you who are dead to the world, and Jesus Christ will enlighten you."