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St Dominic

Novena to St Dominic, Day One

In reflecting on St Dominic, as we approach his Feast Day on the 8th August, I was impressed by something Simon Tugwell, O.P. wrote in his introduction to Bl Jordan of Saxony’s “Libellus”. He wrote, In the ‘Libellus’, Jordan shows us how the Order of Preachers arose, not simply as the brainchild of one man, Dominic, but as a providential response to the needs of the time … If it was, in fact, Dominic who actually brought the Order to birth, he did not create it out of nothing. The church was ready and waiting for it, and there were people waiting to join it even before it existed. …”The relationship between Dominic and his Order cannot be understood simply in terms of some uniquely inventive capacity in Dominic himself. Essentially he is the father of the Order because he gave it its job to do, […]

Novena in preparation for the Feast of St Dominic

Today the 30th of July we begin the Novena of prayer in preparation for the feast of St Dominic which we will celebrate on the 8th of August.In our community each evening before Vespers there is a short reflection Prepared by one of the sisters which is followed by the singing of what we Dominicans call the ‘O Spem’- a kind of national anthem for the Order. Here is an English translation:O wonderful Hope which you gave to those who wept for you at the hour of your death, promising 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.V.Blessed Father Dominic […]

Feast of St Dominic – 8th August

鈥淒ominic prayed, prayed without ceasing, prayed by day and by night鈥漈his beautiful antiphon, which we sang at morning prayer on this joyful feast of our holy father and founder, gives us a beautiful portrait of Dominic. Before all else he was a man of the Gospel and a man of prayer.The following is a quotation taken from brievary for the Office of Readings for today’s feast.Everywhere, in word and in deed, Dominic showed himself to be a herald of the Gospel. By day no one was more affable, more friendly than he with his brothers and companions, no one more fervent than he in vigils and prayer at night. His conversation was always either with God or about God; rarely did he speak on other matters, and this practice he commended to his disciples.Dominic鈥檚 frequent and special prayer for himself was to beg from God true […]

Pope Benedict XVI on St Dominic

Pope Benedict XVI devoted last Wednesday’s audience to speaking about St Dominic – perhaps the text of this address may interest our readers. At the end he refers to monasteries of cloistered Dominican nuns and their place in the Order of Preachers:St. Dominic “He Always Spoke With God and About God”Last week I presented the luminous figure of Francis of Assisi; today I would like to speak to you of another saint who, in the same period, made an essential contribution to the renewal of the Church of his time. It is St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, known also as the Dominican Friars. His successor in the leadership of the order, Blessed Jordan of Saxony, gives a complete portrait of St. Dominic in the text of a famous prayer: “Inflamed by zeal for God and supernatural ardour, by your limitless charity and […]

Feast of St Dominic – 8th August

We share with you a homily which one of our sisters preached this evening at first Vespers of the feast of St Dominic:During this ‘Novena of Years’ up to 2016, when we will then celebrate the 8th Centenary of the confirmation of our Order, a special theme has been allotted to each year, as a focus for our prayer, study and reflection. The theme for this year, 2009 is: 鈥楽t. Dominic, Preacher of Grace鈥.This theme has encouraged me to read up a little on 鈥楪race鈥 and the recent course of lectures on grace have also been helpful and so, I share with you my particular reflection on this theme.We know that grace is a participation in the life of God. It introduces us into the intimacy of Trinitarian Life ( CCC 1997; it is a created reality which sustains intimacy with the Divine Persons as our human nature is […]

Novena to St Dominic

Today we begin our Novena in preparation for the feast of our holy father Dominic on the 8th August. During the coming 9 days we invite our readers to join in prayer with us. Before Vespers each evening we sing the following 鈥 known in Latin as the O Spem 鈥 the equivalent of a national anthem for Dominicans!! O wonderful hope which you gave to those who wept for you at the hour of your death, promising that after your death you would be helpful to your brothers and sisters; Fulfil Father what you have said and help us by your prayerYou 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 prayer.We offer here for your reflection the main points of a letter, […]