Our Life of Prayer
We are speaking of the God whom we love, a God who wishes to speak to us Evangelii Gaudium 146
Prayer, which is truly communion with the Father, through Christ Our Lord, in the Spirit, is at the centre of our religious life. The celebration of the Eucharist, the source and summit of the Church’s life, has first place in our community prayer.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is also a regular part of the sisters’ lives. Each sister is enabled to have an annual retreat of eight days, either in community or elsewhere. In addition a monthly day of recollection is a source of refreshment and renewal for all the sisters.
Our days are structured around the Divine Office: typically a community will say Morning prayer, Midday prayer or Readings, Evening prayer and Compline. The day ends with the singing of the Salve Regina and the O Lumen, (a hymn to St Dominic).
Dominicans have a particular charism for praying for the dead, and anyone who is a parent, friend, benefactor, or member of the Order can rely on being remembered in the prayers of the Brothers and Sisters as long as there is a Dominican Order to pray for them. For this reason we close our daily prayer in common with the ‘De Profundis (Ps. 129) for the dead.
Our celebration of the Liturgy receives meaning and value from the sincerity of private prayer. Our Dominican vocation demands a deep prayer life, nourished by regular, serious reading of the Scriptures and works of Christian spirituality.