European Lay Dominicans celebrate 800-year Jubilee of the order. And how are they doing that? In this Newsletter from the Council you can read all about it!
Renewed website of the ECLDF :
At the start of the 800-year Jubilee of the Dominican Order the renewed website of the European Council of Lay Dominicans (ECLDF) has been launched. Welcome!
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Jubilee Opening :
This was the great celebration which took place on November 7th, 2015, with the opening of the door of the basilica of Santa Sabina by the Master of the Order Bruno Cadoré. There was an impressive procession towards the altar, in which all the branches of the order were represented. This procession represented the three signs of this Jubilee : light, the Gospel and sending forth. The ceremony ended with a symbol of the sending, the transmission of light to all the assembly.
The next day, on Sunday, November 8th, we were all at St Peter’s Square for the Angelus during which the Pope said:
“I greet the representatives of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) who, yesterday, commenced the eighth centenary of their foundation, that the Lord may bless them abundantly on this occasion. And many thanks for all you do in and for the Church”
Lectio Divina: Praying during the Jubilee Year
For each day of the Jubilee Year of the Order, that is November 7 2015 – January 21 2017, there is a lectio divina on the Order’s website (www.op.org). This lectio divina is prepared by friars, sisters and lay Dominicans from all over the world.
Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Lay Dominican Fraternity in Sofia, Bulgaria
At the dawn of the 800-year Jubilee of the Order, the fraternity of “St. Catherine of Alexandria” in Sofia, Bulgaria, celebrates its own little jubilee – 10 years since approval by the then Master of Order, fr. Carlos Aspiroz Costa OP.
Bogdan Dominic Panev OP, president of the Bulgarian fraternity, reports for us on this website.
On November 7th the 800-year Jubilee of the Dominican Order began.
This was celebrated not only in Santa Sabina in Rome, but also in many places around the world. A report from Malta. The official celebrations began in Rabat. First there was the reciting of the rosary by the Dominican nuns. Then there was a procession from the convent to the Dominican church, dedicated to Our Lady. The procession was led by the Archbishop emeritus Mons. Paul Cremona O.P., the Provincial of the Dominican fraternities Fr. Frans Micallef and various other priors, sub-priors and other friars and lay Dominicans, including the assistant of Vittoriosa Fr. Frank Borg and Fr. Claudio Borg.
The church was full of people as a lot of lay Dominican fraternities attended. Before the mass started, a message from the Master of the Order, Fr. Bruno Cadoré, was read and shown on the big screen set up in the church. The singing during the mass was done by two choirs: the Kerigma choir of Rabat, and the Dominican choir of the Annunciate of Vittoriosa. The Dominican choir sang the Jubilee hymn, the Pater Noster and the Te Deum in Latin, besides other hymns during the mass. The other choir, with guitars, sang other popular church hymns. The whole celebration took almost two hours, and it was followed by a grand reception for all those who took part in this memorable and historic occasion.
The Chain “Preachers of Hope”
Each Province/Vicariate is invited to share their stories and/or pictures with a nearby Province/Vicariate, if possible through a meeting. That Province/Vicariate invites the next Province/Vicariate, etc. For the Chain there is a route with a timetable, which can be used.
If every Province/Vicariate sends their stories and pictures also to the ECLDF website, we will create, in this way, a real chain of preachers of hope throughout Europe until the next Assembly in October 2017 in Fatima.
All about the chain you can read on this website.
First steps of this chain :
o Vienna (Austria)
Next visits by the ECLDF to Provinces/Vicariates :
After visits of ECLDF members in 2015 to Leicester, Korbielov and Augsburg, new visits are planned :
– Slovakia : 13-15 May 2016
– Sweden (Lund) : 21-22 May 2016
Next meeting of the ECLDF :
It will take place in Oslo from 14 to 17 April 2016.
Next European Assembly of Lay Dominican Fraternities
4 – 8 October 2017
For the programme, see: http://www.ecldf.net/assembly-fatima-2017/
The European Council warmly thanks all the Provinces and Vicariates that have been able to pass on to us their financial support. In this regard, the letter on ECLDF finances is coming at the end of January.