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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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Two Professions and a Jubilee

Thursday, September 30, 2010
Over the last week the Province of England has had much to celebrate. On the 22nd of September, fr. Robert Verrill made solemn profession at Blackfriars, Oxford. In his homily the provincial, fresh from the General Chapter in Rome, reminded Robert and all present that making profession was an act of freedom, a response to the call of Christ, and a blossoming of our baptismal promises. It was a truly joyful day for the order and family and friends of fr. Robert. Read more

A-Z of the Mass: Year, Liturgical

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Just as the world has the natural cycle of the seasons throughout the year, so the Church also celebrates with quiet, deliberate rhythm the seasons of the liturgical year. Unlike the endless cycle of pagans, the Church's year regards time as linear. It has a beginning and will have an end. Whilst we may represent the calendar as a circle, it is better to think of it as a spiral. The passing hours allow us time to meditate on sacred things as we await the return of the Lord. Throughout the year our minds are raised to the sacred mysteries through the tones of the Church's liturgy, the seasonal changes and the decor of our sacred places
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A-Z of the Mass: Exit

Monday, September 27, 2010
Following the Prayer after Communion and the blessing, we come to the dismissal, which is given by the deacon or, in his absence, by the priest. The familiar Latin dismissal Ite Missa Est to which the people respond Deo Gratias, ‘thanks be to God’, is an ancient formula. The exact translation is often disputed because of the significance the word missa came to have as the technical name of the Eucharistic Liturgy in the Roman Rite. If, however, we interpret missa as dismissal, we end with something akin to ‘Go, it is the dismissal’. When Mass is celebrated in the vernacular there are a number of options available but what is perhaps more interesting is what the dismissal has come to signify, what it really means to those present.
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Tagged - Dominicans Spotted at Papal Events

Saturday, September 25, 2010
In Birmingham on Sunday 19th September ... Read more

A - Z of the Mass: Wine and Wafer

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
In understanding the Eucharist, it is important to appreciate the difference between signs and symbols. When we see a road sign giving directions to a particular place, the fact that the sign might be green, metallic and rectangular doesn't tell us anything about the place it points to. A symbol also signifies something, but in contrast to a pure sign, the form of the symbol is crucial. The wine and wafer used in the celebration of the Eucharist are deeply symbolic and so it is very worthwhile to meditate on why Christ comes to us under these appearances.
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XIII Dominican Family Study Week in Dubrovnik

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
At the beginning of September, friars and sisters in formation from across Europe gathered in the city of Dubrovnik for the annual Dominican Family Study Week. This year the theme, echoing the Order's Jubilee preparation meditation, was "And how are they to preach unless they are sent?" (Rom 10, 15): the Mission of Preaching. Brothers Mark and Nicholas, students from Blackfriars, Oxford, made the journey to the 'Jewel of the Adriatic' accompanied by fr Richard Ounsworth, who was one of the week's lecturers.  Read more

Pope Benedict In Birmingham

Monday, September 20, 2010
The Pontiff's final day in Britain began with a farewell to the Apostolic Nunciature. He then made his way to Wimbledon Park and an awaiting helicopter to be whisked away to Birmingham to celebrate a Mass of Beatification for John Henry Cardinal Newman. The Pope arrived to a 50,000 strong crowd at Cofton Park. At the beginning of his homily the Holy Father acknowledged the commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain, praising the sacrifice offered in "courageously resisting the forces of that evil ideology". He then turned to the life and example of Cardinal Newman and expressed his joy in formally raising him to the altars.

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The Beatification – A Pilgrim's Perspective

Monday, September 20, 2010
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Pope Benedict in London - Day 2

Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Holy Father began Saturday 18th September by meeting the leaders of the main political parties. It was his first opportunity to meet the Prime Minister, who has been mourning his father this week. Tomorrow, David Cameron will echo the Pope's address at Westminster Hall. Already, released extracts from a Joint Communiqué between HM Government and the Papal delegation, reveal that Mr. Cameron will declare that "faith is part of the fabric of our country. It always has been and it always will be. As you, your Holiness, have said ... faith is not a problem for legislators to solve … but rather a vital part of our national conversation. And we are proud of that."
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The Pope in London: A View from the Ground

Sunday, September 19, 2010
After the successful Scottish leg of the Papal visit, Londoners had a lot to live up to. The Pope's first day in the capital was certainly more focused on the State elements of this historic visit. Nevertheless the streets of London were full of pilgrims and gold and white certainly were evident throughout Westminster.

The Pope's second day in London had a more pastoral tone. The main pilgrim event was at Hyde Park, right in the heart of the big smoke. The Prayer Vigil on the eve of the beatification of Cardinal Newman was not only historic for its magnitude but also because a special act was passed to allow a religious event in the park. Read more
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