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Dominican Seminar 2013 – Fr Gerald Vann OP

Friday, January 11, 2013
Gerald Vann OP was one of the great Dominican communicators of the last century. Though much of his ministry was exercised as teacher and headmaster of the Dominican school of Laxton, he gained a much wider audience through his books and radio broadcasts on the spiritual life. He was one of that notable generation of Dominicans between the 1930s and Vatican II, which Aidan Nichols OP describes in Dominican Gallery. His writings, above all The Divine Pity, continue to exert great influence on the spirituality of Dominicans today. So, Fr Vann was a good choice for the theme of this year's Dominican Seminar:
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'What happens in Kavos'?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Councils of Faith: Nicaea II (787)

Tuesday, January 08, 2013
The question of the use of images in the worship of God is one which pre-dates the coming of Christ: the First Commandment forbids the making of ‘a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth’ or the worshipping of them (Ex 20: 4-5). Idolatry is one of the charges frequently levelled against Israel by God, speaking through the prophets, in the Old Testament (e.g. Ezek 23: 49, Jer 16: 11-13), and several of the Psalms mock and condemn the practice of idol-worship (e.g. Pss. 105 [106], 113 [115). However, when the salvation which those same prophets had promised came, it came not by returning Israel to the rejection of any image of God, but rather, God sent his only Son, ‘the image of the invisible God’ (Colossians 1: 15), to reveal to the world the truth of the Trinity, of God who is Love. Read more

The Epiphany 2012

Sunday, January 06, 2013

A Christmas hymn

Friday, January 04, 2013
For this Christmas season, the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford have recorded the hymn for Vespers of the Nativity: Veni, Redemptor gentiumRead more

Mother of God

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
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