Today we being the novena in preparation for the feast of St Dominic – before Vespers each evening for the coming nine days we have a short reflection followed by the singing of the ‘O Spem’ – a prayer reminding St Dominic of his promise that he would be more helpful to his brothers and sisters after his death than when he was alive. 

Readers of this blog might like to join us in praying to St Dominic during these days:

O wonderful hope which you gave to those who wept for you at the hour of your death, that after your decease you would be helpful to your brethren.

Fulfil Father what you have said and help us by your prayers

You shone on the bodies of the sick by so many miracles, bring us the help of Christ to heal our sick souls.

Fulfil Father what you have said and  help us by  your prayers.