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Many people, one Spirit | Restout's Pentecost

Saturday, May 22, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P | Restout's Pentecost, which hangs in the Louvre in Paris, is full of the energy and drama of an encounter with God. It helps us to see the Holy Spirit as the great gatherer, uniting us in Christ, in his Church. Read more

The Dedication of the Priory Church, Oxford

Thursday, May 20, 2021

By Br Bede Mullens, O.PToday we celebrate a God who was always with his creation, but has opened now a way for us to be with him; today we celebrate a God who became man without ceasing to be God, that we might become godly. Read more

A reflection from the Student Master | Solemnity of the Dedication of the Priory Church

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

News | This evening we begin our celebrations of the Dedication of the Priory Church, the anniversary of the moment the bishop set aside and consecrated our Church for Christian Worship. In this reflection for the Solemnity, Fr Oliver Keenan OP, our student master, reflects on one part of the church that holds a special place in the lives of Dominicans. Read more

The Gifts, The Gospel, and the Going

Thursday, May 13, 2021

By Br Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P | Our Lord's words to the disciples before Ascension in today's Gospel raises some curious questions, among them: when was the last time we drank poison and were fine? It is a train of thought that helps Br Thomas explain why the Ascension is a great feast of hope. Read more

When heaven meets earth | The Ascension in the Drogo Sacramentary

Thursday, May 13, 2021

By Br Daniel Benedict Rowlands, O.P | This Carolingian miniature depicts Christ's feet firmly rooted to the ground as the Father pulls him up, an expression of the "fragile bond between humanity and divinity definitively reestablished in Christ." Read more

Line of Duty and the Banality of Evil

Friday, May 07, 2021

By Thomas Thérèse Mannion, O.P | [Spoiler Alert] Line of Duty's revelation of the identity of H has remarkable similarities with Hannah Arendt's observation on the 'banality of evil', a revelation which demonstrates that "every single person, not just those we think of as criminal masterminds need the grace of our saviour and redeemer, Jesus Christ." Read more

"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." (Jn 15:11)

Thursday, May 06, 2021

By Br Albert Elias Robertson, O.P"We are not pawns or placeholders, simply holding the fort for the return of the Master. The fullness of our joy extends and continues, furthers and accomplishes Christ’s saving work." Br Albert reflects on the words of Christ in today's Gospel. Read more

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 04, 2021

"This is the day which was made by the Lord: let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia." Read more

Good Friday and Holy Saturday

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Our Paschal Triduum continued with the usual celebrations, with the Celebration of the Lord's Passion and preparations for the Easter Vigil. Read more

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Below you can see some pictures from Maundy Thursday at Blackfriars. Read more

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