Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
Blessed are the spirits and souls of the just,
pour out your songs of praise to the Lord, alleluia.
From the Dominican Ordo:
According to tradition Blessed Sadoc received the habit from Saint Dominic himself and at the General Chapter of Bologna in 1221 was chosen to accompany Master Paul of Hungary, who had been commissioned to establish a province in Hungary. Later Blessed Sadoc moved on to Poland where he preached the Gospel for nearly forty years. In 1260 he and the forty-eight members of the Dominican community at Sandomierz were martyred by the Tartars as they were singing the Salve Regina at Compline. The custom of singing the Salve Regina at the deathbed of Dominicans stems from this incident.
Click here fore more on the life and death of Blessed Sadoc.
in the midst of fierce attacks of the foe
Blessed Sadoc and his companions
greeted the Virgin Mary in song
and received the longed-for palm of martyrdom.
After this exile may your merciful and loving Mother
show us to you,
who live and reign in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.