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A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A night of fireworks, feasting and fun!

It's not often that I post photos of the brethren in my community or even report on what we do here but, inspired by MonialesOP, today I offer you a rare peek into life at Blackfriars Cambridge! As you will know, last night we celebrated St Lucy's night with a modest bonfire, dazzling fireworks, lovely food, amusing poetry and multivarious song. The prior - who makes the most delightful cakes and puddings - made a delicious and beautifully decorated fruit cake to mark his Silver Jubilee of Profession.

Sadly St Lucy did not make an appearence as the sisters did not feel up to it, but we had the Novitiate Singers ala the Von Trapp Family and we sang 'So Long Farewell' at the end of the night! It was a lovely occasion, intimate and fun. As the psalm sung to us in Hebrew last night encapsulated it: "Behold how good and how pleasant it is, brothers dwelling together"!

Enjoy the photos...

Preparing sandwiches - roast beef and horse-radish

Fr Aidan prepares the bonfire - petrol makes it go off with a bang!

Digging into a beautiful Christmas fruit salad

The Novice Master, Fr John Patrick & the Sub-Prior, Fr John Mills

The Prior, Fr Richard cuts the celebratory cake

So long, farewell from the Novices (front) and Br Angel (a co-operator brother from the US Southern Province), the Novice Master and Br Romero (senior novice). Br Romero Radix, OP makes Simple Profession next Tuesday. Please pray for him.

5 Comments:

Blogger Liturgeist said...

Prayers going up...

9:55 am  
Blogger Julie D. said...

This looks like a great bunch of guys. Thanks for the photos! :-)

5:29 pm  
Blogger happyguy7 said...

Dear Lawrence,

Thanks for the photos, personally this is the kind of thing I'd like to see on your blog but I know that you don't like the diary style. You look slimmer, is it true?
Also, I didn't say anything before because I wasn't sure but I have definitely met your fellow novice. We met on a Diocesan vocations retreat in Valladolid, Spain. Ask him and see if he remembers me won't you?
God Bless,
Daniel

7:30 am  
Blogger Br Lawrence, O.P. said...

Dan: It would not mind putting up more photos and diary-style posts on this blog but as I now live in a community, what I put up affects other brothers. As such, I stick to more neutral and spiritual/liturgical topics. All posts have to be approved by the Novice Master or Prior and such posts are easier to pass...

If this were a community project (as with MonialesOP) or a Novitiate apostolate, it would be a different matter but at the moment it is still very much a personal apostolate of one Dominican.

Oh yes... being in a Novitiate makes one slimmer simply because of the amount of physical work one does!!

Br Paul remembered you months ago when I first mentioned your name to him...

8:53 pm  
Blogger happyguy7 said...

Ok, that makes sense, I'd just assumed that you didn't feel like posting that kind of thing. It's nice to see you enjoying yourself. I continue to pray for you and your community at the Simbang Gabi.
Daniel

10:55 pm  

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