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Art of the Redemption 7 - Icon of the Resurrection

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
In the Byzantine tradition, it is the custom to put out an icon of the feast of the day in the middle of the church, depicting the saint or the event being celebrated. So it is interesting to see what image is used in this tradition for Easter Day (and indeed on all Sundays throughout the year) when Christ’s Resurrection is the particular focus of our celebration. The icon is entitled ‘The Resurrection’, sometimes even ‘The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ’, but what we see is not a scene at the tomb in the garden where the body of Jesus had been laid. It is possible, as we see in the West, to depict the risen Christ, the result of that moment of Resurrection, but the event itself, not witnessed by any human eye, is considered impossible to depict. Read more

Jonathan Fleetwood OP RIP

Monday, May 30, 2011

Columba Rabbett OP RIP

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Please join with us in praying for the eternal repose of our brother Columba Rabbett OP who died on 3rd May 2011. Here is the homily preached at his funeral by fr Colin Carr OP. The readings were Wisdom 3:1-9, Romans 6:3-8, and John 14:2-7. Read more

Art of Redemption 6 - Handel's Anthem for the Foundling Hospital

Friday, May 27, 2011
God created you without you, but he does not redeem you without you. Read more

The Biggest Match in Europe

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Feast of Saint Dominic 24th May

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Walsingham 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011
This year's Dominican pilgrimage to Walsingham took place on the third Sunday of May, Good Shepherd Sunday. fr Benjamin Earl OP preached the homily at the Solemn Mass celebrated at the shrine. The William Byrd Choir sang at the Mass as part of the celebrations for the 950th anniversary of the establishment of the shrine. Read more

Art of the Redemption 5: The Mosaic of San Clemente

Thursday, May 19, 2011
One of the best-known representations of the Cross as the 'Tree of Life' is the 12th century mosiac in the Basilica of San Clemente, Rome. Where the Cross penetrates the earth a luxuriant tree bursts forth and sends its branches far and wide, covering the entire expanse of the apse. In doing so it reaches and enfolds all categories of people: teachers and preachers, chaplains and farmers, ladies and hunters, nobles and shepherds. All of human life is brought into contact with the life that flows from the Cross (John 12:32). Read more

The Indecipherable Writing of Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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