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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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Psalms: Personal or Communal?

Monday, May 07, 2018

Much is still unknown about the origin of the psalms. How were they read? What are their origins? Who were their audiences and authors? Not only how were they read but how should they be read?In the 19th Century scholars tried to answer some of these questions and formed various schools. Two diverging approaches can be seen within Judaism itself with the the Carites and Rabbanites. Read more

Gaudete

Sunday, December 17, 2017

GAUDETE: Rejoice! This Sunday, Advent takes an especially hopeful outlook, as we look forward to Christ’s fast approaching Nativity. In just a week’s time, we will behold him in the flesh as he was beheld by his mother, Mary, by Joseph, by the shepherds and by the angels, for the first time in Bethlehem two millennia ago. To mark this expectant joy of hers, the Church allows the use of rose liturgical vestments on Gaudete Sunday, rather than the penitential violet which dominates the rest of the Advent season. Read more

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

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

Pray Compline online!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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Advent 2013: 'O Oriens'

Saturday, December 21, 2013


Advent 2013: O Oriens Read more

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28, 2013
In our Oxford priory we celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a big dinner with all the students of Blackfriars Hall, many of whom come from the USA. We provide the turkeys and the students bring lots of side dishes and accompaniments. For many of them it might be the first Thanksgiving away from their family, so we make an effort to create a festive atmosphere here while keeping the families in our prayers. Read more

Feast of the Transfiguration

Monday, August 06, 2012
Terror is truly a natural, human response to the Transfiguration. Peter, James and John are confronted with the blinding glory of Jesus's divinity and they can hardly bear it. Perhaps they recalled Daniel's vision of the Ancient of Days, that fiery majesty, that awesome glory (Dan. 7). Even 'the mountains melt like wax before the Lord' (Ps. 97:5), so how could human frailty fare any better? But we may also wonder, since the truth is that God loves us, and 'perfect love casts out fear' (1 Jn 4:18), whether fear is ever an appropriate reaction to God's presence among us? 
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Pentecost

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
On Saturday evening the community celebrated Pentecost Vigil, and on Sunday the feast continued, with the conventual Mass being followed by a feast to which all the doorkeepers at Blackfriars were invited. Here are some pictures from the two evenings: Read more
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