Not long before he died, Pope John Paul told the young people in Rome, ‘There is no authentic celebration or adoration of the Eucharist that does not lead to mission’. In a world where human life itself is under attack, we have a particular and critical mission. The other day a member of the Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration told me – I am offering up my holy hour each week before the Blessed Sacrament so that, even at this late stage, the government may have a change of heart and not introduce legislation for abortion into our country. The organisation ‘Precious Life’ is calling on all of us to offer forty days of prayer and fasting from the 12 May for the protection of unborn children in this country. I support these initiatives, because if we are in ‘communion’ with Christ, the Bread of Life, at Mass or during adoration, then we are also ‘commissioned’ to bring the Good News about Life out there into our community. How can we be in communion with the Bread of Life at Mass or here tonight and not speak the ‘Gospel of Life’ in our daily lives, especially these days when unborn human life is under such a direct threat in our country?
Adoro Te Devote – Eucharistic Adoration in the Spirit of St Thomas Aquinas
Some of the best loved Eucharistic hymns – Adoro Te Devote, Tantum Ergo, Panis Angelicus – were written by one man, the Dominican friar St Thomas Aquinas. The Dominican friars of St Saviour’s Priory (Dublin), which has been in existence for nearly 800 years, will mark the International Eucharistic Congress by inviting renowned preachers to explain the rich delights of these Eucharistic hymns, all in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, exposed for our veneration. The preachers include Wojciech Giertych OP, the Pope’s personal theologian; Paul Murray OP, a celebrated spiritual writer; John Harris OP, well-known for his ministry to young people; and Terence Crotty OP, a Scripture scholar. The evening events will also include music and silent adoration, and will conclude with the Office of Compline, sung by the Dominican community, and the ancient tradition of the Salve Regina procession. Finally, on Saturday, St Saviour’s will host a day-long festival of Eucharistic adoration. Come and join us, as we contemplate the source and summit of our faith, ‘in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the soul is filled with grace, and the pledge of future glory is given to us’ (St Thomas Aquinas). All events take place in St Saviour’s Church, Dominick St., Dublin 1.
Mon 11 June, 8pm
Wojciech Giertych OP (Papal Theologian)
Tues 12 June, 8pm
Paul Murray OP (Professor of Spiritual Theology, Angelicum)
Adoro Te Devote
Thurs 14 June, 8pm
Terence Crotty OP
Fri 15 June, 8pm
John Harris OP
Verbum Supernum Prodiens
Sat 16 June
11.30am-5.30pm – Eucharistic Adoration in St Saviour’s Church
5.30pm – Vespers
6pm – Vigil Mass (Gregory Carroll OP)
Techie’ Friar Supports IEC2012
The Dominicans might be a medieval Order, but they love the new media! One of our student brothers, Br Luuk Jansen, has developed an app to help people participate in the Eucharistic Congress. More here, and have a listen to Br Luuk’s interview on Vatican Radio:
The 4th Dominican Family Vocations Day will take place on the 24th of March, in St. Saviour’s Dominican Priory, Dublin. This – informal – Vocations Day promises to be of great benefit to all those wanting to know more about the Dominican Order and it is not aimed only at those either intending to join or who are in discernment.
For more information, please see the poster below or follow this link http://irishdominicanvocations.blogspot.com/2012/03/dominican-family-vocations-day.html
The Irish Dominican friars are pleased to announce the launch of a prayer initiative for vocations. As the initiative of prayer is for all Dominican vocations, we are delighted that the formal launch will take place in the monastery of Saint Catherine of Siena, Drogheda, Co Louth on Sunday January 15th during the 9.00 am community Mass for the Dominican nuns.
The prayer initiative will have as a focus an icon of Saint Dominic (pictured) which has been specially commissioned for this time of prayer. It is hoped that the image of the founder of the Dominican Order will draw people to reflect on his life and legacy and in turn, through his intercession, draw more men and women to follow the Lord in the Dominican way.
From Advent 2011, the Mass in English will be slightly different. The translation of the Latin original of the Missal (book of prayers for the Mass) has been redone. Most of the changes affect the parts of the Mass said by the priest, but there will be some slight changes in the parts said by the people. This change in the translation of the Missal is a great opportunity to deepen our understanding of the Mass, and to look in more depth at the prayers that make it up. With this in mind, a large group of Dominicans gathered in St Mary’s Priory, Tallaght (pictured) today to study some of the new texts and to learn about the history of the new translation. Bishop John McAreavey, the representative of the Irish Bishops on the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), led two seminars, and answered questions from the assembled friars.
We were delighted to welcome Fr Bruno Cadoré OP, the 87th Master of the Order of Preachers, to St Saviour’s Priory yesterday. He was here for an informal visit, as part of his initial attempts to ‘learn the Order’. He met with the students for nearly two hours, and listened intently to our stories, to our assessment of the situation of the Church in Ireland, and to our hopes and desires for the future. He spoke to us about his understanding of the Dominican vocation: ‘We should be like John the Baptist’, he said, ‘we must decrease and Christ must increase’. He said that we Dominicans must not seek to make ourselves visible, but that we should seek to make Christ visible and tangible for others. In short, the Dominican vocation means simply ‘introducing people to your best friend’. Photos inside!
Left to right: Geraldine Flanagan (president of lay Dominicans in Ireland), Sheena Darcy,
Monica Rapeanu and Jacinta O’ Donnell (president of lay Dominican chapter, Athy)
Sheena Darcy and Monica Rapeanu were officially received as new members of the Lay Dominicans in Ireland during the celebration of the Eucharist at Saint Saviour’s priory, Dublin on the feast of the conversion of Saint Paul (January 25th). Sheena and Monica were joined by friends, colleagues, members of the lay Dominicans and a number of the friars of the community for the celebration.