Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God and New Years Day Celebration

On the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God and New Year’s Day, the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal joined us for Mass, lunch, and a concert in our visiting parlor.  It was a day filled with true Dominican and Franciscan joy!

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

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The Dominican Order has the tradition of celebrating the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7th.  The feast celebrates the the anniversary of the victory of the Christian fleet in 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto, defeating an Ottoman fleet off western Greece.  Pope Saint Piux V, a Dominican, had asked the faithful to pray the rosary to attain victory.  Therefore, he instituted the feast that was formerly called Our Lady of Victory.  Many Dominican monasteries have the custom of blessing roses in honor of the feast.

General Assembly of Dominican Nuns

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The Dominican Nuns recently held their General Assembly.  The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia of Nashville, TN, kindly hosted their meeting.  The lovely picture featured above was taken at the end of the meeting.