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 – 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’être for his coming hinges round the question – 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 – 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 the night – for every night. All he asks of us is an empty space where he can rest and find us waiting and watching for him. Wouldn’t you think that we should come to God laden with the gold of good deeds? No – definitely no – the gift I must give my God is my brokenness. The thing God is waiting for me to offer him is the point where I am characteristically weak. This is the place, the stable where Jesus knocks with his baby hands and pleads with me — may I come in? Give me lodgings in your inn.For the past few weeks the cry Maranatha – Come Lord Jesus has been our spoken and unspoken prayer. But there is another side to this longing desire. While looking for a […]

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 the clay that we have to become in God’s hands, clay that is made firm by faith and moulded by God’s holy Word. It is only through the events of life that we can progress through the firing kiln of God’s creative love and it is only through his Spirit that we become the refined vessels of his living joyful love to be given, poured out and filled again, to be, as St Paul told the Corinthians, as clay pots holding God’s spiritual treasure.It is at this holy time that we come to realize more deeply the wonder of how God the Son took to himself our human clay, and as he lay as a little child in his mother’s arms, he showed us just how beautiful our human clay can become.O come our King, […]

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

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 21st December

“ 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.”In this “O” Antiphon the three metaphors- the rising Sun, splendour of the eternal light and sun of justice – 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 ‘Light of the World’ in St. John’s Gospel( 9:5) and St. John, in the Prologue says that He is the “ true light who enlightens all men” and “ a light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower”.(1:5) This assurance gives us courage to turn to Christ in our own various darknesses which may be a darkness of : prejudice; lack of compassion; judging and condemning others; resentment; anger; envy; selfishness or the darkness which blinds us to the awareness of our own sins, shortcomings and failures. We acknowledge that we are in great need of light and healing from Christ, the source of light and the singing of this antiphon in a few minutes time will give us the opportunity to turn to Him in earnest prayer asking Him to shed His light on us and on all humanity so that the darkness of sin may be dispelled from our hearts and we may be healed and renewed by His love.We can call upon the Saints and Blesseds to intercede for us for they mirrored this light of Christ in their own lives, radiated it and reflected it to others. […]

By |December 21st, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

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 to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: you are Peter and on this rock i will build my Church and the gates of the underworld will never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.”So Jesus has conferred his power and authority to his Church in the person of Peter and his successors. The Church is all about forgiving sin – salvation. It is through the Church at our Baptism that we gain entrance into the kingdom of heaven. At our Baptism we are freed from Original Sin and all personal sins. We become members of Christ’s Body and through […]

By |December 20th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

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 ‘stock of Jesse’ – as Isaias foretold:“A 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”.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’s 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’s line – but in a manner which will leave us in no doubt that it is wholly God’s work. Joseph, the just man, comes from David’s line but he remains the silent spectator of God’s marvellous power. Mary’s role too is passive – receiving, cherishing, pondering the Word which is made flesh in her womb, through the power of the Holy Spirit, without any human intervention.The Child, the fruit of her womb, will be a sign to the nations – a ‘sign of contradiction’ as Simeon prophesied. Kings fall silent before Him – they remain powerless. At his Passion, the intention of his enemies was to “destroy the tree in its strength” (Jer 11:19). What they, in fact, accomplished was to raise aloft the ‘Tree of Life’ whose leaves will have power to heal […]

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

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 18th December

‘O Adonai, Ruler of the house of Israel, who gave the Law to Moses on Sinai,come to save us with out-stretched arm, Alleluia’.This is a prayer made from a truly humble and trusting heart, that knows its need of our heavenly Father to save us.The theme of God’s outstretched arm to help his people is found frequently in Scripture and must surely touch us deeply. For example Psalm 97 – ‘His right hand and his holy arm have brought salvation’.There is something comforting in arms outstretched towards us, we feel needed and loved and this gives us an inner security.In daily life, we often see a loving mother or father stretch out their arms to save their child from some danger or simply to swoop the child up to give a hug.When we return from a journey after a long absence, what a joy it is to be welcomed home by a loved one running to meet us with outstretched arms. It cannot be less so with our heavenly Father, he is always, and everywhere stretching out his arms to welcome us and to save us. We have only to reflect on the parable of the Prodigal son in St. Luke’s Gospel (Chapter 15). Who could fail to be deeply touched as in our mind’s eye we watch that loving father run with outstretched arms to welcome and embrace his wayward son. The Gospels are full of occasions where Jesus stretches out his arms, his hands, to bring life, healing and salvation by his divine touch.During this Advent Season, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, we are surely filled anew with wonder at the […]

By |December 18th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 17th December

“O Sapientia” – 17th December Advent, as we all know, is a time of longing, expecting – waiting and hoping that Jesus will come anew to each of us.Yesterday we began our 9-day Novena for the great feast of Christmas, and today and for the next six days we accentuate that longing and find its expression most beautifully in the great Vesper antiphons for the Magnificat, called the “O” antiphons, because they all begin with ‘O’. These antiphons will be used each evening before and after the Magnificat, and as the Gospel Acclamation at Mass, daily, for the next 7 days.The initials of each antiphon in Latin, in reverse order are: E = Emmanuel R = Rex (King) O = Oriens (Rising Sun) C = Clavis […]

By |December 17th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

Salve Regina Procession

It is the custom in the Dominican Order (as in many other religious orders) to sing the “Salve Regina” (the “Hail Holy Queen”) every day after Compline (Night Prayer). Here is a short video of our Salve Regina Procession.

By |December 16th, 2010|Prayer|0 Comments