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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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Dedication of St Chad's Cathedral

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Saint Chad (d.672), a saint from Northumbria, is called the Apostle to the Midlands because he established his diocese at Lichfield in 669, and from there evangelized the kingdom of Mercia. The current Catholic successor to that ancient diocese is called the Archdiocese of Birmingham. This large diocese encompasses Oxford, hence today in the Dominican studentate at Blackfriars we celebrate the feast of the dedication of St Chad's Cathedral, the diocesan cathedral in Birmingham. Read more

"The Trumpet shall sound..."

Friday, June 17, 2011

Art of the Redemption 9: Verdi's 'Jerusalem'

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Giuseppe Verdi's less well known opera I Lombardi (sometimes called Jerusalem) is set in the Holy Land at the time of the Crusades. Act III opens with this beautiful song in honour of Jerusalem. It is sung by crusader knights, women, and other pilgrims as they get their first view of the Holy City. They are overcome with emotion as they see their destination which means not just the end of an earthly journey but somehow also their eternal destination.

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'I made a wooden box coffin for a baby'

Monday, June 13, 2011
Here is the homily preached by Fr John Farrell OP, prior provincial, at the funeral of Fr Jonathan Fleetwood OP: Read more

New Vocations Video for the Province

Sunday, June 12, 2011
Produced in 2011 by the Province's Commission for the Internet Apostolate, Godzdogz is proud to launch this Pentecost the English Dominicans' new vocations video. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, may it bear fruit in moving many to consider if they too are called to join us in St Dominic's mission of preaching for the salvation of souls. Read more

Master of the Order visits Oxford

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pentecost - a New and Lasting Covenant in the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, June 11, 2011
At the time of Jesus Pentecost was, and still is for Jews, a feast that celebrated the covenant established between God and the people of Israel through the mediation of Moses on Mount Sinai. It happened 50 days (hence the name) after Passover, which celebrated God’s deliverance of his people, again under the human leadership of Moses, from slavery in Egypt. The Sinai covenant was thus seen as linked to, and even the climax of and reason for the liberation from slavery. Moses went up the mountain and into the dense cloud where he encountered God and then he had come down with the Law (Torah), the material content of the covenant, which had to be carefully kept if the Jews were to receive the blessings of the covenant (Ex 19 ff). Read more

Pentecost Vigil in Oxford

Friday, June 10, 2011
The Dominican Priory at Oxford is the Priory of the Holy Spirit. The community will begin the celebration of its patronal feast with the Pentecost Vigil of Vespers, Readings, Psalms, and Mass. Do join us if you can. Read more

Graham Greene Anniversary 3: The Heart of the Matter

Thursday, June 09, 2011
Set in a British colony in West Africa during the Second World War, The Heart of the Matter deals with the life of the small British community, focussing in particular on the character of Scobie, the Deputy Commissioner of Police. As in many of Greene’s novels, we are presented with the complexity of life and the moral challenges it presents, as flawed human beings struggle to live with each other and themselves.  Read more

Art of the Redemption 8: Altarpiece Mural, Courtfield

Monday, June 06, 2011
This rather striking piece by Joanna Jamieson, former Abbess of Stambrook can be found in Courtfield, the former retreat house of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Hertfordshire. At the center we see the risen Christ. His glory spreads out to the scenes surrounding him The scenes depicted include the sacraments of baptism and the anointing of the sick; they show people praying (the figure in the bottom left is Eliza Vaughan mother of the Mill Hill Missionary Herbert, later Cardinal, Vaughan) and there is a scene from the Easter Vigil, but there are also less 'churchy' scenes showing people working, eating, teaching, and relaxing. At the bottom the tabernacle-doors are incorporated into the Alpha and Omega banners.  Read more
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