Dominicans do not have any special method of prayer but follow Dominic, whose prayer was always simple. Fr Bede Jarrett OP once said that if prayer is regimented and ‘reduced to hard and fast rules’, then ‘all adventure is gone, all the personal touches, and all the contemplation. We are too worried and harassed to think of God.’
Consequently, Dominican prayer is simple and has as its goal ‘the contemplation of divine truth, and personal conversation and friendship with God’ (LCO 66 § I).
Our priories are built around a rhythm of daily community prayer, they are houses of prayer. You can be assured that your prayer request will be prayed for by Friars from one of our priories.
Tradition tells that the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary was given to Saint Dominic directly by Our Lady. It remains an important devotion for Dominicans and for Catholics more widely. The Rosary Shrine in north London is an apostolate of the Dominican Friars.
This year, to mark the Jubilee year, Fr Lawrence Lew’s new book, ‘Mysteries Made Visible’ was published, which combines contemplations on the mysteries of the rosary with beautiful photography.
O Lord our God,
Creator of the world, Giver of life.
Eight hundred years ago,
it pleased you to receive St Dominic into eternity,
and to establish the Holy Preaching in Britain.
O Spem miram! You are the wonderful hope,
promised by Dominic,
as our constant Companion,
in the holy endeavour of spreading and growing Your Word,
over lands, across the sea,
beyond the horizons of our vision.
As we celebrate the double Jubilee
of the dies natalis of St Dominic into eternal life
and the Sacra Praedicatio in Britain,
feed us and fill us with a double portion of
so that we may experience a new Pentecost –
a renewed proclamation of the ‘mighty acts of God’
and rekindled commitment to our mission
for the ‘salvation of souls’.
Bless our brothers and sisters
and the entire Dominican Family
in England, Scotland and Wales
with health, happiness, and holiness.
Lead them to ever serve your people.
Gather them all to Yourself,
in praise and thanks eternal.
Through Mary’s plea;
in Jesus’ name.
Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP,
Master of the Order. Sta Sabina, Rome.
May God the Father bless us, may God the Son heal us, may the Holy Spirit enlighten us and give us eyes to see with, ears to hear with, and hands to do the work of God with, feet to walk with, and a mouth to preach the word of salvation with, and the angel of peace to watch over us and lead us at the last, by our Lord’s gift, to the kingdom.
Christ Jesus, Lamb of God, Son of the living God, with gratitude in my heart and with fresh hope I surrender all that I am into your hands. O radiant Source of blessing, O pure Fountain of beauty, fill the void, the emptiness in my heart with the fullness of your love.
Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Into thy toil-worn hands, into thy wounded hands, into thy hands that have served us so well, in life and in death, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Lord Jesus, receive my soul.
O wonderful hope which you gave to those who wept for you at the hour of your death, promising after your departure to be helpful to your brethren. *Fulfil,O Father, what you have said, and help us by your prayers. V. You shone illustrious by so many miracles, wrought in the bodies of the sick, bring us the help of Christ to heal our sick souls. R. Fulfil.
Glory be. R. Fulfil.
O loving Father Dominic, remember your works and stand before the supreme judge on behalf of your band of poor ones.
Great Father, holy Dominic, take us to yourself at the hour of our death and always look kindly upon us here.
O Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelic Doctor, to your enlightened patronage I entrust my duties as a Christian and as a student:
develop in my spirit the divine seed of an intelligent and fruitful faith, keep my heart pure in the limpid reflection of divine love and beauty, sustain my intelligence and memory in the pursuit of human knowledge, strengthen the resolve of my will in the honest search for truth, defend me from the subtle snare of that pride which separates from God, guide me with a sure hand in moments of doubt, make me a worthy heir to the Christian tradition of human learning, enlighten my path through the marvels of creation so that I may learn to know and love the Creator, who is God, infinite Wisdom.
Blessed Jordan, holy successor of Saint Dominic, in the early years of the Order, your example and zeal drew many fervent souls to follow Christ in the apostolic way of life of our Holy Father.
As patron of Dominican vocations, continue to inspire men and women to place their gifts in God’s service and to consecrate their lives to him. Through your intercession, may they commit themselves with generosity of heart and willing self-sacrifice to the apostolate of Truth in the Order of Preachers.
Help them to prepare themselves for the grace of a Dominican vocation. Inspire their hearts to become learned of God, that with firm determination they may aspire to be champions of the Faith and true lights of the world.