If you have read this blog for at least some time, then you are probably well-aware that I am a self-proclaimed Dominican Fanboy. I have always had a deep affection for St. Dominic and for the religious community he founded, the Order of Preachers. And I am very blessed indeed to have developed a number of friendships with Dominican friars over the years. I therefore want to bring two upcoming Dominican events to your attention, gentle reader, asking for your support.
First, the student brothers’ Schola Cantorum at the Dominican House of Studies here in Washington has recorded their first album of chant and choral music, entitled “In Medio Ecclesiae” (“In the Midst of the Church”) which I hope you will consider supporting as I have. The online version on their “Dominicana” label will be released on iTunes this Friday, November 1st, which is the Feast of All Saints. I understand from chatting with the friars last night that there will be printed CD’s available for purchase in limited quantities later in the month.
Donors of $50 or more will receive a CD copy of the album as a thank-you, but all donations and prayers are very welcome. The brothers hope to use the funds raised to pay for the costs associated with creating this first album, as well as to funding a follow-up album, if there is interest. To listen to a beautiful, ethereal sample of the brothers’ forthcoming release, to learn more, and to contribute, please go to the Let’s Rally for Dominicana Records site.
Second, if you happen to be in the Washington area, I would urge you to consider putting off your Halloween revels until Friday or Saturday night, and join me tomorrow night at 7:30 pm for the annual Vigil of All Saints at Dominican House. If you have never attended before, over the years this has become one of the most popular devotional events in the Archdiocese, held in the beautiful main chapel of the Dominican Priory. There will be readings and reflections from the lives of four saints chosen by the student brothers; the singing of Compline, the ancient nighttime prayer of the Church; a candlelit procession through the cloister of the Priory with the chanting of the Litany of the Saints; and a reception afterwards where you can meet the friars, who – I assure you from personal experience – are wonderful, extremely gracious hosts. All are most welcome, but get there early if you hope to get a seat!