2022 Saint Dominic Novena
Every year from July 30th through August 7th we do, as a community, a novena in preparation for the feast of Saint Dominic.
We begin with the Memorare to Saint Dominic: Remember, O my beloved Father, thy promise to plead powerfully in heaven for thy children, and for all those who invoke thee. This sweet hope animates our confidence, and in all our needs we have recourse to thee, O beloved son of Jesus and favorite of Mary; sinners though we be, to thy heart we address our prayers, despise not our humble supplications and be truly to us Dominic, during these our days of trial and exile. Obtain for us the signal favor of following in thy footsteps, of imitating thy virtues, and of winning souls for our dearest Lord Jesus, so that like thee, we may surely reach our heavenly home, and share therein thy glory. Amen.
Another prayer we say is the chaplet of Saint Dominic. This consists of five decades in honor of the Holy Patriarch. On the large beads we again recall the “wonderful hope” Saint Dominic left us at the hour of his death, promising to be more helpful to us by his prayers in heaven than by remaining a long time on earth. We entreat him, “Fulfill, O Father, what thou hast said and help us by thy prayers.” On the small beads we simply say, “Loving Father Dominic, be mindful of your works; stand before the Supreme Judge, for your needy family.”
We then invoke a few petitions from his Litany each day, followed by a short hymn.
Saint Dominic, promulgator of the Holy Rosary, pray for us! Saint Dominic, splendor of the priesthood, pray for us! Saint Dominic, our glorious Father, pray for us!