The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Built on the four pillars of our Dominican life – preaching, prayer, study, and community – Godzdogz offers many resources for exploring the Catholic Faith today.
Read more.

Christmas Eve: Rorate Caeli

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Reading: Luke 1:67 Read more

Advent 2013: "O Emmanuel"

Monday, December 23, 2013
O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.

 Read more

Fourth Sunday of Advent: St. Joseph

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 23:1-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 Read more

Advent 2013: 'O Oriens'

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Advent 2013: O Oriens Read more

Advent 2013: 'O Clavis David'

Friday, December 20, 2013

Advent 2013: 'O Radix Iesse'

Thursday, December 19, 2013
O Radix Iesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardare. Read more

Advent 2013: 'O Adonai'

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
In these last days before Christmas the sense of expectation in the Church’s liturgy intensifies as a treasure trove of biblical imagery is drawn together to convey the sense of a people longing for the coming of their saviour, longing for the coming of Christ. The famous ‘O antiphons’ that we sing at vespers from the 17th December until the 23rd are an excellent example of this. Each ‘O antiphon’ is based around one of Isaiah’s prophecies of the coming Messiah. Tonight, for example, we will sing:  Read more

Advent 2013: 'O Sapientia'

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
At times life can seem so bewildering and mysterious that it feels as if we are lacking a vital piece of knowledge, something that would ‘unlock’ the secrets of the world around us and bring its mysteries into the clear light of day. Indeed, many of us will have experienced the wonderful gift of a sagacious friend, someone who sees a problem from a new and insightful perspective, and—looking at things in a new way—offers shrewd advice in times of trial and indecision. Many modern approaches to wisdom, perhaps influenced by Freudian psychology, share a common supposition: wisdom is found by uncovering the power of our untapped inner resources that lie in our subconscious, by looking inwards to the mystery of ourselves.

 Read more

Third Monday of Advent: The Coming of Our King

Monday, December 16, 2013
Readings: Num. 24: 2-7,15-17A; Mt. 21: 23-27 Read more

Third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete Sunday

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6,10; Psalm 145:6-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11 Read more
Follow us
Great Dominicans

Great Dominicans



Consecrated Life

Consecrated Life

Recent posts


Liturgical index

All tags & authors


Upcoming events

View the full calendar