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Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 19th December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as the Root of Jesse.(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below) O Root of Jesse, you stand as a sign for the nations;Kings fall silent before you whom the peoples acclaim.O come to deliver us, and do not delay.The Holy Spirit speaking through the prophet Isaiah over 700 years before Christ said “a shoot springs from the stump of Jesse, a scion thrusts from his roots, on him the spirit of the Lord rests”. Jesse was the father of King David. Isaiah must have seen in a vision a sapling springing from the apparently dead stump of Jesse. He lived about 300 years after David and the Davidic dynasty did not appear very hopeful. So it is on a future king that Isaiah […]

By |December 19th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 18th December

Below is the text of a reflection give by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which speaks of Christ appearing to Moses in the burning bush. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below)O Adonai and leader of Israel, you appeared to Moses in a burning bush and you gave him the Law on Sinai. O come and save us with your mighty power.Today鈥檚 鈥極 Antiphon鈥 refers to God鈥檚 coming to His people while they were living in slavery in Egypt. He reveals Himself as the 鈥楬oly One鈥, the 鈥楾ranscendent One鈥 as He calls out to Moses: 鈥淐ome no nearer. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.鈥 Yet He is not aloof from His people鈥檚 plight. He says: 鈥淚 have seen the misery of my people. I have heard […]

By |December 18th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Reflection on the ‘O’ Antiphon – 17th December

Below is the text of a reflection give by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as Wisdom. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below)O Wisdom, You come forth from the mouth of the Most High.You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner. O come, to teach us the way of truth. In the Magnificat Antiphon today we begin the first of the great 鈥淥 Antiphons鈥 rejoicing in our expectation of the Saviour鈥檚 coming and asking him to come to us under the particular manifestation of each Old Testament title. In this first Antiphon we address Christ as Wisdom and ask him to 鈥渢each us the way of truth鈥. In praying and reflecting on this text, I have been particularly struck by the fact that, as St Paul says, Christ is 鈥渙ur […]

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Video of the Solemn Profession of Sr Mary Teresa

Below is a short video clip of some scenes from the Solemn Profession of Sr Mary Teresa Dunphy. We hope you enjoy it.

Video of the Eucharistic Congress Bell

Below is a fifteen minute video clip of what happened with the Bell throughout the Armagh Archdiocese – it includes footage of the Bell’s visit to our Monastary (at 8.16min) and to our Dominican brethren in Drogheda (at 5.30 min)You might also be interested in the reflection given by one of our nuns on the occasion of the visit – click here

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 23rd December

O Emmanuel 鈥 You are our King and Judge,the one whom the peoples await and their Saviour.Come and save us Lord Jesus, Come.The time of waiting is coming to an end. Soon the mystery of the Incarnation will be re-enacted once more in our liturgical celebrations and especially in our hearts. What have we to offer the Christ Child this year? Maybe not much, and yet the whole raison d鈥櫭猼re for his coming hinges round the question 鈥 why is the Father about to send his own Beloved Son to take on our humanness, our earthiness, our poverty? God sends his Son for one reason only: because he loves us 鈥 in fact he is madly in love with us.Will we ever fathom this reality? He comes in silence, in lowliness, in poverty to knock at our door and asks us to give him a lodging for […]

By |December 23rd, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 22nd December

Today we have the sixth ‘O’ Antiphon bringing us nearer to our wonderful celebration.O King whom all the peoples desire,you are the cornerstone which makes all one.O come and save man whom you made from clay.Jesus is our King, our hearts are waiting for the joy and peace that he brings to each one of us so to pitch his royal tent within us. Are we ready to be part of the building of which Christ is the corner stone? Are we ready to be made one and alive, for Christ is the living stone on which we build our lives. St Paul writes to the Ephesians: In union with him you too are being built together with all the others into a place where God lives through the Spirit. We pray “O come” and indeed our King comes to save us who he made from clay. Such is […]

By |December 22nd, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 21st December

鈥 O Rising Sun, you are the splendour of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.鈥滻n this 鈥淥鈥 Antiphon the three metaphors- the rising Sun, splendour of the eternal light and sun of justice 鈥 all symbolise Christ, the Son of God, the promised Messiah whose birth as our Saviour we will celebrate in four days time. Jesus calls Himself the 鈥楲ight of the World鈥 in St. John鈥檚 Gospel( 9:5) and St. John, in the Prologue says that He is the 鈥 true light who enlightens all men鈥 and 鈥 a light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower鈥.(1:5) This assurance gives us courage to turn to Christ in our own various darknesses which may be a darkness of : […]

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The ‘O’ Antiphons: 20th December

O Key of David and sceptre of Israelwhat you open no one can close again;what you close no one can open.O come to lead the captive from prison;free those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.Todays “O Antiphon” is almost directly taken from various parts of scripture (cf Rev 3:7ff; Lk 1:79a). In this “O Antiphon” we have reference again to King David. Our Lord is addressed as “Key of David and sceptre of Israel”, which are symbols of royal power and authority. We read in St Matthews Gospel Mt 16:13ff, in that well known passage at Caesarea Philippi, where in answer to Jesus’ question “who do you say I am?” Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Jesus replied, “Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this […]

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The ‘O’ Antiphons: 19th December

O Radix JesseO stock of Jesse, you stand as a signal for the nations;kings fall silent before you whom the people acclaim.O come to deliver us, and do not delay.Today we address our awaited Saviour with the title 鈥榮tock of Jesse鈥 鈥 as Isaias foretold:鈥淎 root shall grow from the stock of Jesse,and a branch shall spring from his rootsand the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him鈥.Jesse was the father of King David from whose royal line the future Messiah would be born. When we read the genealogy of Jesus most of the characters mentioned were not very praise worthy according to human standards. Yet God鈥檚 infinite, all powerful wisdom, compassion and merciful love were at work throughout salvation history not allowing human failure, sin, malice nor indifference to interfere or thwart His divine plan. The promised Messiah will indeed come from David鈥檚 line […]

By |December 19th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments