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Pray4... Healing

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
After the wonderful start to our Pray4 week at St Dominic's London, Monday's service focused on healing, including the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and a special blessing for those who care for this sick. After Mass water collected during the recent Provincial Pilgrimage to Lourdes was distributed and will be taken to the housebound who were unable to join us. Read more

A new prayer for Dominican vocations

Thursday, April 11, 2013
A new prayer card for Dominican vocations has been created at Blackfriars, Oxford and is right now being distributed to our communities around the country.  Read more

First Sunday of Lent – We called on the Lord

Sunday, February 17, 2013
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Saturday after Ash Wednesday - Lenten Sabbath

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Readings: Isaiah 58:9-14; Psalm 85 (86); Luke 5:27-32 Read more

Advent Silence

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
'Silence is golden' – really? Just think of all the pejorative adjectives we attach to silence: an awkward silence, an embarrassing silence, an oppressive silence, a stony silence, a deathly silence, even a silence you can cut with a knife. Uncomfortable silences are now eased only by the Awkward Turtle... Read more

Prisons Week of Prayer

Thursday, November 24, 2011
This week is Prisons Week: An ecumenical week of prayer in England and Wales for prisoners and prison ministry. It had its beginnings in 1975, as a Catholic initiative led by Bishop Victor Guazzelli, a beloved Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and titular Bishop of Lindisfarne. Br. Robert Verrill OP offers a reflection based on his own experiences in prison ministry. Read more

What the Rosary means to me - 18

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My first impressions of the Rosary were not overwhelmingly positive: from the outside, the recitation of a fixed number of set prayers seemed tediously repetitious, and the beads themselves seemed more suited to the florid piety of the medievals than to a 21st century Englishman. Surely, I thought, there must be a more enlightened way of praying? Read more

What the Rosary Means to Me - 16

Thursday, October 20, 2011
My earliest memory of the Rosary comes from family gatherings and holidays. My grandfather would sit all of us around the room and lead the Rosary, usually after the evening meal. It was not until much later that I realized the extraordinary way the Rosary influenced my own love for the Gospel at such a young age. Read more

What the Rosary means to me – 15

Friday, October 14, 2011
As a Christian, I think the Rosary has universal value. I like how it is simple enough for anyone to pray; and so also a good medicine to any who, out of spiritual pride, might consider it too simple for them. It should draw me into the simple love between Mary and Jesus and teach me their humility. There isn’t a technique to saying the Rosary: if I’m looking for one, or make an effort to pray it ‘better’, I’m probably still thinking too much about myself, not enough about God. The Rosary is also Biblical: it gets me to pray in the very words of Jesus, the angel Gabriel and Elizabeth; and it inspires me to meditate on the ‘mysteries’ of the Gospel. Its themes are the universal stories of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection: how could I enter these mysteries and not accordingly feel joyful, sorrowful and full of wonder? Read more

The Mystical Rose

Friday, October 15, 2010
'The Mystical Rose' Read more
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