Homilies & Spiritual Resources

27th March 2020

As we continue lockdown, the community will continue to produce resources and post homilies online.

August – Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

‘While Mary contemplated all she had come to know through reading, listening and observing, she grew in faith, increased in merits, and was more illuminated by wisdom and more consumed by the fire of charity. The heavenly mysteries were opened to her, and she was filled with joy; she became fruitful by the Spirit, was being directed toward God, and watched over protectively while on earth. […] Imitate her, O faithful soul. Enter into the deep recesses of your heart so that you may be purified spiritually and cleansed from your sins. God places more value on good will in all we do than on the works themselves.’ (From a sermon by St. Laurence Justinian)

August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Why not try praying the Dominican Litany during this month? It has been recorded by some student brothers in Switzerland, and can be found in the video below. They’ve also placed links to the Latin and English text.


  • Fr Simon Gaine, OP: Feast of St Laurence

  • Fr John Farrell, OP: XIX Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Fr Bob Ombres, OP: Solemnity of Our Holy Father Dominic

  • Fr Timothy Radcliffe, OP: Feast of the Transfiguration

Free online prayerbook

The Holy See have produced a free online prayerbook entitled Strong in the Face of Tribulation. It contains various prayer resources and is available online.

Commentaries on Sunday Readings & Other resources

Following the suspension of public services, the English Dominicans have begun live streaming Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Details for Blackfriars, Oxford can be found here.

In order to engage more deeply with the Sunday readings, you could try Godsplaining a podcast from the friars of the Province of St Joseph which offers a short lectio reflection on the Sunday readings on their SoundCloud account.