Friday, August 8th, 2008
Fr. Gabriel Gillen, OP, discusses the readings for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time with Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, OP.
On this Feast of Our Holy Father Dominic, we sing praise to God for our redemption in Christ and for the wondrous pathway to Christ’s kingship and priesthood he has revealed to us through his Preacher of Grace.
With devotion to our illustrious founder we sing today the responsory sung by generations of his sons and daughters–the O spem miram. This ancient chant recalls the paternal charity St. Dominic promised to show his followers after his death.
O spem miram, quam dedisti mortis hora te flentibus, dum post mortem promisisti te profuturum fratribus! Imple, Pater, quod dixisti nos tuis juvans precibus.
V. Qui tot signis claruisti in aegrorum corporibus, nobis opem ferens Christi, aegris medere moribus. Imple, Pater, quod dixisti, nos tuis juvans precibus.
Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Imple, Pater, quod dixisti, nos tuis juvans precibus.
(O wonderful hope, which you gave to those who wept for you at the hour of your death, promising that after your death you would be helpful to your brethren! Fulfill, Father, what you have said, and help us by your prayers.
V. You shone on the bodies of the sick by so many miracles: bring us the help of Christ to heal our sick souls. Fulfill, Father, what you have said, and help us by your prayers.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Fulfill, Father, what you have said, and help us by your prayers.)
In your prayers today please remember especially our Province’s eleven postulants. They begin their novitiate today by receiving the habit of St. Dominic and their new names in religion. Through the intercession of our Holy Father Dominic, may God prosper their religious vocations!