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The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Built on the four pillars of our Dominican life – preaching, prayer, study, and community – Godzdogz offers many resources for exploring the Catholic Faith today.
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Populus Sion

Sunday, December 10, 2017

“O people of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart.” Read more

Gaudens Gaudebo

Friday, December 08, 2017

Gregorian chant is usually divided into eight modes. Each mode is considered suited to conveying something deeper than the words: to quote a Benedictine friend, ‘music is for when words are not enough. There is a mystical mode, an angelic mode, a sad mode, a perfect mode. It should then come as no surprise that the antiphon Gaudens Gaudebo for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is mode V. Joyful, bringing happiness to those in pain. The antiphon is a combination of Isaiah 61:10 and Psalm 30:1-2. Read more

Advent: A Time of New Year’s Resolutions

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

While we normally think of the first of January as a time for establishing New Year’s resolutions, the period of Advent is an especially appropriate time for determining new-year resolutions for our spiritual lives. This is because Advent marks the beginning of our liturgical year, the season being a time of joyful anticipation of the birth of our Saviour.  Read more

Ad te levavi

Saturday, December 02, 2017
One of the least heard parts of the liturgy is probably the chant of the Proper of the Mass. These are the parts of the Mass which change with the season or the feast and consist in the Collect, Prayer Over the Offerings, and the Post Communion Prayer, and also three scriptural texts; the Introit, Offertory and Communion. These texts are often replaced by hymns, but you may hear them said by the priest at the beginning of the Mass or, in the case of the Communion Antiphon, just before or after the faithful have received Holy Communion. However, you almost certainly won’t have heard them sung to the proper chants appointed by the Church for use in the liturgy.  Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Haggai

Monday, November 27, 2017

Haggai suffers from pretty terrible neglect. There’s very little traditional liturgical use of the text by either Jews or Christians, and it suffers from an almost complete lack of exegetical interest. Among the few notable exceptions is Pseudo Epiphanius who in his Lives of the Prophets has Haggai as one of the first to return from the Babylonian exile, the first to sing ‘Alleluia’ in the ruins of the temple. Part of the reason for this neglect is because by most standards he seems something of a failed prophet.  Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Baruch

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Many people can relate to the experience of hearing God’s word most clearly in time of desperate need and apparent disaster. This certainly seems to be the case of the prophet Baruch, a figure who appears elsewhere in the Old Testament as an assistant or secretary to the prophet Jeremiah, but who here delivers the prophecy he personally received from God. The message is one of hope, but a hope born of trust and repentance.  Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Zephaniah

Monday, November 20, 2017

We are approaching the Feast of Christ the King, coming at the end of the month. In this feast, we are invited to renew our faith in the promises of Christ, that he will return again to judge the world, to bring human life to its final culmination. We believe that his return will be the moment of truth, par-excellence, when all that is hidden will revealed. Guardini writes in his Eternal Life, Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Habbakuk

Monday, November 13, 2017
Habakkuk is a surprisingly Dominican minor prophet: his image appears twice on the fifth century wooden doors of Santa Sabina, one of our convents in Rome, and home to the Master of the Order.  Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Nahum

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

One of the books commonly neglected in the Bible is the Book of the Prophet Nahum. Read more

Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Obadiah

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Book of Obadiah is one of the shortest books in the Bible—only 21 verses long—and is one of the few Old Testament books not read in the Mass. You will find the book between the Book of Amos and the Book of Jonah in your Bibles. Read more

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