The New Year of 2017 brings the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order to a close. It has been a year of many graces and blessings for us here in Ireland with many celebrations and pilgrimages nationwide. It was a year to look back with thanksgiving in our hearts for 800 years of our family’s existence and its faithful service to the Church. The Order of Preachers was born in the heart of a man who passionately loved the Church, the mystical body of Christ on earth. Dominic de Guzman set fire to the Church of his time with zealous preaching on the incarnation, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. These mysteries he studied, contemplated and preached with passion for the salvation of souls, that the world of his time would once again embrace the saving mysteries of the incarnate Saviour. Dominic brought the faithful to an understanding of the love of God for the world in the person of Jesus Christ. He lived for Jesus and his Kingdom, and like the sower going out to sow, he planted in the hearts of the faithful the seed of renewal and conversion. The mysteries Dominic preached are the mysteries we contemplate in the Rosary. Tradition states that Our Lady appeared to him and gave him the Rosary, asking him to preach the mysteries she herself contemplated in her Immaculate Heart.
A few months ago, two friars were travelling across Ireland by car to a parish mission and in a discussion about the rosary, considered its place in their spiritual life. The discussion developed into a question, ‘If you could add new mysteries to the Rosary, what Gospel mysteries would you pick?’ The mysteries chosen and agreed upon, are presented as a Jubilee Rosary in thanksgiving to God for our founder St. Dominic de Guzman and for the patronage of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary. We share them with you and pray that they lead you closer to Jesus whom Dominic loved and preached with all his heart and soul.
Fr. John Hyacinth Walsh. O.P.
Director of the Rosary Apostolate.