Saturday, November 26, 2011

Our Prayers Continue...

Although the universal Church focuses on November as the time to pray for the dead, the Dominican Order has many suffrages throughout the year to pray for the holy souls in purgatory.

We THANK YOU for sharing with us the names of your beloved family and friends who have begun their eternal life with the Lord. It is a great privilege to be able to place their names in our chapel before our altar where throughout the month of November the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered each day.

November 2nd marks the day when we at Corpus Christi Monastery take on a new appearance by wearing our black cappas at all major liturgical functions. The cappa, which is part of the habit, signifies penance and reminds us of our obligation to pray for all the holy souls. On "All Souls Day" we not only remember the dead, but offer our prayers and sacrifices to aid in their release from Purgatory.

As part of our daily prayers together in community, we pray the De Profundis for our deceased. Printed below are the words and we ask you to continue to spiritually join us from your homes in remembering the souls of our faithful departed.

De Profundis
Psalm 129

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord, hear my voice.
    O let your ears be attentive,
    to my voice of supplication.
If you, O Lord, mark our iniquities,
Lord who can stand?
    But with You is forgiveness,
    that You may be revered.
I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in His word.
    My soul waits for the Lord;
    more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn
let Israel wait for the Lord.
    For with the Lord is kindness
    and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel
from all their iniquities.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
From the gates of hell deliver their souls, O Lord.
Lord, listen to my prayer and let my cry for help reach you.

Let us pray: O God, creator and redeemer of all the faithful,
grant to the souls and of all your servants and handmaids
the remission of all their sins, that they may obtain by our
loving prayers the forgiveness which they have always desired.
Who live and reign forever, AMEN.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are grateful
for the gift of You,
in the
Blessed Sacrament

We thank You
for blessing
our Community with many graces.
Sweet Jesus, our Divine Victim
looking down from
the Sacred Host in the Monstrance,
as you looked down from the Cross,
may You always see
Your chosen brides
faithfully standing by Your Cross
in sacrificial love
and total surrender to Your Holy Will.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Partnering in Prayer

Each year as the new class of brother novices enters the novitiate of our Province, we have a tradition of visiting with them in our parlor and drawing names for prayer partners who will accompany each young friar on their journey in the footsteps of St. Dominic.

This year we have eight new friars, three from St Martin de Porres Province  and five from  The Most Holy Name of Jesus Province. During our visit each of the Brothers relates his personal vocation story and it is very inspiring to learn how the Holy Spirit has worked in their lives to bring them to the point where they have decided to dedicate their lives to God in the Order.

We pray that they will all persevere and become holy Dominicans!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Family Celebration

Detail of a painting by Sr. Mary of the Compassion, OP, Union City, NJ

Just one week after the glorious feast of All Saints, on November 7 each year, the Dominican Order celebrates the feast of  All Saints of the Dominican Order. On this occassion we look into our Family history and recognizes the many holy souls that have followed in the footsteps of St. Dominic. The big ones, like St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Albert the Great, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Martin de Porres, have their own day on the calendar of the universal Church. But there are many others whose information has not been processed by the necessary channels to be declared Saints or even Blesseds. And this is the day when we notice these hidden ones and glory in their attainment of the heavenly mansions.

Many of these are people that we have lived with in our convents and monasteries. Even those who were difficult to live with may have washed their  robes in the Blood of the Lamb and joined the Saints in glory. As the old saying goes:
To read about the Saints
It’s all bliss and glory.
To live with them
Is a different story.

One of these lesser known saints is St. Agnes of Montepulciano (1268-1317). In 1306 she was called upon to found a Dominican monastery in her home town. She gained a reputation for holiness even outside the monastery and at one time raised to life a child who had been drowned. At her death the children of the town awoke and cried out, " Holy Sister Agnes is dead". Her tomb became a place of pilgrimage. It is noted that when St. Catherine of Siena went to venerate the body of  her sister in the Order, Agnes raised her foot  so Catherine would not have to stoop so far. Agnes was canonized in 1796. Her feast is celebrated on April 20.