Second letter for the Jubilee of the Order 2016
November 30, 2014
Dear Brothers in St. Dominic:
Fraternal greetings to alland happy day of the inauguration of the Year of Consecrated Life!With my second email, I wish to continue our conversation on the Order’s Jubilee 800 and on possible future activities.
Most of our communities started to pray the Jubilee Prayer on the Feast of All the Saints of the Order, November 7, 2014. On this day, the one-year preparation of the eighth centenary of the Order began officially in our Province. As you know, the Jubilee 800 shall start on November 7, 2015.The daily recitation of the Jubilee Prayer is putting us on the “Jubilee Mode,” the mode of personal and communitarian renewal.Hopefully, the common prayer will strengthen our determined resolve to begin earnestly thedynamic process of renewal: the renewal of the Order is aim of the Jubilee.We do not forget that the main protagonist of the renewalis each one of us. Let us pray for one another so that we all may be truly motivated to walk on the path of personal and communitarian renewal.
The Order is asking each Province, Vicariate and community to plan different activities. Our superiors with the help of brothers in charge of study, formation,mission, justice and peace,etc. will guide us to plan together specific activities. Among the activities recommended by the Order’s Jubilee Committee are “Special Liturgical Celebrations.” Our communities may wish to invite to the liturgical celebration other members of the Dominican Family – when possible. The first liturgical celebration recommended to all communities is on December 22, 2014, which commemorates the 798 Anniversary of the first Confirmation of the Order by Pope Honorius III.
Another significant activity that our communities could perhaps plan during Advent 2014: the common reading of Chapters II and IIIof the Acts of the General ChapterofTrogir(2013) on the Celebration of the Jubilee: II, nos. 40-49; III, nos. 50-62.
Let us recall that the theme of reflection of the Order for the year 2015 is the following: "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (Jn8:31-32);"For freedom Christ set us free" (Gal 5:1) - Dominic: Government, Spirituality and Freedom. (For resources and more information, kindly see the web page of the Order on the Jubilee 800)
Fray Fausto Gomez, OP
St. Dominic’s Priory, Macau