Friends and residents of Nazareth House in Bonnyrigg said a fond farewell to three Religious sisters last night.
Sr Gabriel Joseph, Sr Teresa of Avila and Sr Margaret Mary (main pic, above) were joined by sisters from across the UK for Mass celebrated by Archbishop Cushley at the care home's chapel.
Sr Doreen Cunningham, Regional Superior for the UK, said: "It is now their time to move on and I'd like to thank Sisters Gabriel, Teresa and Margaret for all the work they have done in Bonnyrigg over the years and for accepting this move as God's will for them at this time."
"We thank the residents for the many blessings they have showered on this house through all their prayers over the years.
"The sisters will continue to try and visit residents and staff from time to time and we will keep you very much in our prayers. Please God, one day the sisters will return to Bonnyrigg."
The Sisters of Nazareth have been based in Bonnyrigg since 1931, providing spiritual and physical care for residents at Nazareth House.
Archbishop Cushley was joined at the Mass by Fr Allan Ocdenaria and Abbot Mark Caira of Nunraw Abbey in Haddington.
Archbishop Cushley said: "We are sad about their departure and will reflect on their love, affection, hard work, patience and dedication to others, most if it unseen by the rest of the world.
"They have provided faithful and loving service to the Lord through their work here."
Heather Fraser said: "I worked here for a few years, and every one of the sisters have been like angels.
"My father was here the year before he died and they took excellent care of him. They will be missed."
Find out more about the Sisters of Nazareth at www.sistersofnazareth.com.