Wednesday, June 25, 2008

From the priory

copied from a leaflet handed out before dinner in the cloister:


It is a Dominican custom to pray for our dead brethren each evening. Derived from a former practice of burying the dead beneath the cloister walkway, we pray in the cloister at the refectory (dining hall) entrance. The Prior normally leads the prayer.

De profundis

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.

   Let your ears be attentive
   to my voice in supplication.

If you, O Lord, mark our iniquities,
Lord, who would survive?

   But with you is forgiveness
   that you may be revered.

I trust in the Lord,
my soul trusts in his word.

   My soul waits for the Lord,
   more than sentinels wait for the dawn.

more than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the Lord.

   For with the Lord is kindness,
   and with him is plenteous redemption.

And he will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.

Prior: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
All: And let perpetual light shine upon them.

Prior: From the gates of hell,
All: rescue their souls, O Lord.

Prior: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.

Prior: Let us Pray:
O God, Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of your servants and handmaids the remission of all their sins, that they may obtain, by our loving prayers, the forgiveness which they have always desired, through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen

Prayer for Dominican Vocations

Prior: Lord Jesus,

All: Moved by the urgent need of priests, religious, and apostles, and following your recommendation to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to work for he salvation of souls, we implore you, through the intercession of your most holy Mother Mary, Virgin Immaculate and Queen of the most holy Rosary, and also through the intercession of Dominic, the holy Patriarch, to increase the number of the Friars Preachers.
   Obtain for your Order faithful followers of its religious traditions, numerous apostles after the heart of their blessed father Dominic, holy and zealous for the salvation of souls. Amen.
Adapted from a prayer by Bl. Hyacinth Marie Cormier

1 comment:

  1. That is indeed a beautiful psalm. Thanks for sharing it.