Saturday, August 08, 2009

Novena in Honor of St. Dominic: Day Nine

Herewith another installment of the novena in honor of St. Dominic from John Keenan's little treasure chest, Devotions to St. Dominic, in preparation for St. Dominic's feast day, which just happens to be today. Happy Feast of St. Dominic!

Ninth Day: Devotion to St. Dominic

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle within them the fire of Thy love.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and our hearts shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O God, Who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the same Holy Spirit, we may be ever truly wise, and ever rejoice in His holy consolation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O light of Holy Church,
Teacher of Truth Divine,
Sweet rose of patience,
Ivory white thy chastity doth shine.
Of Wisdom's living waters
All freely thou hast given;
O messenger of grace to men,
Lift thou our souls to heaven.

"This is My covenant with them, saith the Lord: My spirit that is in thee, and My words that I have put in thy mouth, not out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth, now and for ever" (Isa. LIX, 21.)
R. Thanks be to God.

Spiritual Reading


The power of St. Dominic's prayer was marvelous, and his charity made him use it to help others. In 1206, to test the truth, the Albigenses cast two books into the flames. Theirs, containing their heresy, was destroyed; Dominic's contained the Catholic faith, and remained unburnt. Once his books fell into a river and were restored to him uninjured. Crossing a ferry, he had no money, and the man insisting on payment, Dominic prayed, and money lay at his feet. On a journey he accompanied a foreign religious, whose language he did not understand; Dominic's prayer enabled them to converse on spiritual subjects. Forty English, upset in a deep river, were drowning; Dominic prayed, and they were saved. Three dead persons he raised to life in Rome. One, a cardinal's nephew, was killed by a fall from his horse; Dominic said Mass with abundant tears, then, standing by the dead man's head, he was raised in the air a cubit high, and crying, "In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, arise!" the dead man rose alive and well. By prayer he drove out devils and cured many sick. Food was brought by angels at his prayer, and wine to refresh his brethren. Many heretics and sinners were converted by his powerful prayers.

"Be ye therefore followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (I Cor. xi, I.)


O wondrous hope, which our true father gave,
When round his dying bed the weeping brethren knelt --
That he would stronger be, to succor and to save,
From heaven above, than when on earth he dwelt:
Fulfill, O father, thy most gracious word,
And plead for us with Christ, thy Friend and Lord!
V. Thou, who from suffering men diseases fell didst chase,
Bring to our sin-sick souls the balm of Christ's sweet grace.
R. Fulfill, O father, thy most gracious word, And plead for us with Christ, thy Friend and Lord!
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R. Fulfill, O father, thy most gracious word, And plead for us with Christ, thy Friend and Lord!
V. Pray for us, O holy father, St. Dominic.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we, who are weighed down by the burden of our sins, may be raised up by the intercession of Blessed Dominic, Thy confessor and our father. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
V. May the divine assistance remain with us always.
R. Amen.
V. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.

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