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Reason for the Season

The Reason for the Season – is a section on our website in which we, the student brothers of the Irish Province of Dominicans, will try to give a background to the seasons of the liturgical year (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter) all with the aim of helping you to experience

This episode of Reason for the Season focuses on the Triduum, from Holy Thursday till the Easter Vigil. It explains what and why we celebrate during this highlight of the liturgical year.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCKzD8ozN0s 

What is it that we are looking for in this time of Advent and preparation for Christmas? If we are looking for some new revelation that will fill in all the gaps in our understanding, or for a mystical experience lifting us up to the highest heavens…. we are likely

  The Rorate Caeli is sung by choirs all over the world in the lead up to Christmas. It is not, however, a festive carol, or anything like it! It is a solemn, serious text, based on Old Testament prophecy and lament, and it expresses something far more true to

Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation, when we await the arrival of the incarnate Word of God – Jesus, into the world. In doing this, we are re-living the experience of the people of Israel in the Old Testament, who awaited the arrival of the Messiah. In fact,