Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará
The Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, a female religious community of Diocesan Right, was founded by Rev. Carlos Miguel Buela on March 19, 1988 in San Rafael, Argentina. The Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará and The Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE), comprised of religious priests and brothers, along with the Secular Third Order, make up the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word. The two religious Institutes share the same charism, have twin constitutions and both include active and contemplative branches.
The name Servants (Servidoras) is a reference to:
- the First Servidoras, the faithful women who stood at the foot of the cross (Luke 8: 1-3), including Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, the sister of Virgin Mary (Mary Salome) and Mary of Cleophas; and
- the term used by St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort in his <True Devotion> #56.
The second part of our name, of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará (del Señor y la Virgen de Matará) refers to the Crucified Christ and His Blessed Mother as found on the Cross of Matará worn by our sisters, since the Crucified Christ and Virgin Mary must be the foundations of our spirituality.
Our Religious Habit
In concordance with our spirituality that seeks to be anchored in the mystery of the Incarnation - the mystery of the Word made flesh in the womb of the Holy Virgin Mary, we use religious habit to express that we do not belong to the world and are attached to anything that is not God. The imposition of the religious habit:
- Speaks of a consecration, of a giving of oneself to God
- Signifies a change of life and mentality
- Means renouncement of the world and material goods
- Implies self-denial, the cross, and a mystical death with Christ.
Blue symbolizes the sky without clouds and signifies the Word of God, while gray symbolizes the earth and humanity. The blue scapular, which represents the Divine Word, when it is put on the gray tunic which symbolizes humanity, speaks of the Incarnation, by which the Word was united to our human nature.