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The Brigittine Sisters

© Chris Maluszynski

The Bridgettine or Birgittine Order (formally the Order of the Most Holy Savior, abbreviated as O.Ss.S.) is a monastic religious order of Augustinian nuns, Religious Sisters and monks founded by Saint Birgitta (Saint Bridget) of Sweden in 1344.

The Pax Marie abbey of Saint Birgitta in Vadstena, Sweden, is one of the few remaining where Birgittine sisters live according to the original medieval convent rules of Saint Birigitta. Vadstena is the place where St Birgitta founded her order in the middle ages. The eleven nuns who live in this closed convent have very strictly organized lives where prayer and work are the key elements. Following The Order of the Day, all days are equal with prayer in the choir on specific hours five times a day. In 2003 the 700th anniversary of Saint Birgitta's birth was celebrated. St Birgitta is Sweden's only saint, and patron of Europe.

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