Today the Virgin is born, tended and formed, and prepared for her role as Mother of God, who is the universal King of the ages…
Therefore, let all creation sing and dance and unite to make worthy contribution to the celebration of this day. Let there be one common festival for saints in heaven and people on earth. Let everything, mundane things and those above, join in festive celebration. Today this created world is raised to the dignity of a holy place for him who made all things. The creature is newly prepared to be a divine dwelling place for the Creator.
( St. Andrew of Crete, Bishop)
On this joyful day, as we commemorate the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose splendid life has illumined the Church with her personal sanctity and vocation as the Mother of God, we ask that by the help of her prayers, we too may come to share the fullness of God's grace and the joy of his peace.
We also remember in our prayers Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart, O.P. on the 55th anniversary of her religious profession and Sister Maura of the Holy Spirit, O.P. on the 62nd anniversary of her entrance to our monastery. We give grateful praise to our Almighty God for their witnesses of fidelity and service to the Church and to our community.
With one mind and heart, we join our Dominican family throughout the world in giving praise and thanksgiving to God for our new Master of the Order, Father Bruno Cadoré, O.P., the 86th successor of our holy father St. Dominic. Especially on this day, we pray that our Blessed Mother, who has tenderly protected and guided the Order since the beginning of its foundation, will continue to keep Father Cadoré under the mantle of her grace and love as he begins his arduous task as leader of our family.
|Father Bruno Cadoré was the Prior Provincial of the Province of France. He was trained as a physician and has taught especially in the area of bio-medical ethics.|