4 August: St. Dominic

According to the traditional Roman calendar, today is the feast of St. Dominic. Happy feast to all Dominicans and Dominics.

As I work systematically through my list of intentions for Holy Masses, today brought up His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke!

I am pleased to have a 1st class relic of St. Dominic, which observed his Mass today.  It is the smaller reliquary on the right.




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  1. Supertradmum says:

    I hate so much the different calendars. The two calendars in the Roman Rite have split us up and I cannot pray with all of my brothers and sisters in Christ. We had St. John Vianney today and a lovely, lovely sermon. But, I do wish the entire Latin Rite was on the same page….

  2. wmeyer says:

    Aso do I, Supertradmum. The solution is simple: Restore the EF as our one liturgy, and with it, the one calendar.

  3. Dominicanes says:

    Since St. Dominic died on the 6th, celebrating on the 4th is a bit “off” as well. In Australia they have always celebrated St. Dominic on the 5th and for most of the provinces of the Dominican Order the BIG DAY is actually May 24th, the feast of the Translation of St. Dominic.

    Aren’t you glad you aren’t a Dominican!

  4. Pax--tecum says:

    Father, you’re blessed to have a relic of this great Saint and Doctor Angelicus!

  5. Geoffrey says:

    I agree about the calendar mess, but the EF calendar will never be restored in total. The only thing we could hope for would be changes in both the OF and EF calendars, thereby establishing one General Roman Calendar to be used by both forms of the Roman Rite.

    It seems to me that many of the changes to the calendar that took place made sense. After reading the EF Roman Martyrology daily for a few years now, it has become apparent that many feasts were simply moved to the proper ‘dies natalis’ of the saint in question.

    One example: Saint Elizabeth (Isabel) of Portugal died on 4 July. Her liturgical feast day was appointed for 8 July, so that it would not conflict with the Octave of Sts Peter and Paul. Since this octave was abolished by Ven. Pius XII, it makes sense to restore the liturgical feast day to the proper ‘dies natalis’ of 4 July.

    Of course, in the dioceses of the U.S., this feast day has been moved to 5 July, to make way for “Independence Day”… but that’s another story!

    As mentioned above, St Dominic died on 6 August and St John Marie vianney died on the 4 August, so this reform makes sense to me…

  6. tgarcia2 says:

    Hmmm….Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord is on Aug 6 (thought that would fall on a Sunday) and Aug 8th is St. Dominic, according to the USCCB calender…reform of calendars is needed but, give it another year as people are still stubbornly saying “and also with you”…

  7. NoraLee9 says:

    Wmeyer: I’m with you. I’ll even give free classes in using the hand missal, and following the older calendar.

  8. As a registered parishioner at Seattle’s Blessed Sacrament Parish, held and operated by Dominicans of the Province of the Holy Name of Jesus (Western Dominican Province), I will be privileged this coming Wednesday, 8th August, to attend the annual Dominican Rite Mass at 7:00pm that evening. The Mass will be sung by The Tudor Choir (Missa de la batalla escoutez, by Francisco Guerrero and motets by Guerrero and Manuel Cardoso). This liturgy is a sublime experience, not only on account of the music of the Mass.

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer

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