Novena to St Dominic - Day 7

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Novena to St Dominic - Day 7

Dominican Nuns Ireland
Published by Dominican Nuns Ireland in Reflections (Dominican) · 5 August 2020
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As we continue our Novena to St Dominic, let us reflect on a tradition of love and devotion of Our Father Dominic to our Blessed Mother and how his order of preachers influenced the growth, devotion and spread of the Most Holy Rosary. Dominicans became known as the principal promoters and defenders of the Rosary through history and certainly the fifteenth century was a period for much Dominican influence in this meditation, bringing its development into the familiar prayer form we know today.

St Dominic always placed his life, his work, his Order under her protection, and he invoked her in every difficulty and danger. He began the custom of saying the Hail Mary before preaching. The Blessed Mother filled him with heavenly favors and watched over him with motherly care.

She entrusted to Dominic a “heavenly weapon” which was to preach her Psalter to reach hardened souls and win them over to God. This gift made St Dominic’s preaching so effective against the heresies of his time. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, instructed by the Blessed Virgin as well as by his own experience, St. Dominic preached the Rosary for the rest of his life.

As Dominican Nuns we hold the rosary in special honor, since this venerable form of prayer lead to contemplation of the mysteries of salvation in which the Virgin is intimately joined to the work of her Son.              (Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers No 91. 11)

We thank God for giving us St. Dominic as an example of devotion to Our Blessed Mother and to help us to imitate his love of Mary and her special prayer, the Rosary.

And as we pray our rosary each day as a community for the Covid19 pandemic, we turn to Mary’s intercession, asking her to obtain from her Son Jesus, the grace of healing for the sick, the dying, and the containment of the coronavirus.




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