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Closing ceremony of the VIII centenary of Saint Dominic of Guzmán

The Jubilee of the VIII Centenary of St. Dominic de Guzman closed on Wednesday, December 22, with a Eucharist presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio to Spain, Bishop Bernardito Auza, in the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Philippines, in Madrid.

Maria José Atienza-December 23, 2021-Reading time: < 1 minutes
Closing Jubilee of St. Dominic

Closing Mass of the Jubilee for the VII Centenary of Saint Dominic of Guzman

The Dominicans of Spain closed this time of celebrations in which the figure of the saintly founder of the Order of Preachers has become more topical than ever and in which exhibitions, congresses and, above all, Eucharistic celebrations around the world have been, despite the restrictions due to the pandemic, moments of unity and reflection for the whole Dominican family.

The Holy Mass to close the Jubilee Year in Spain was presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio, who was accompanied by Friar César Valero, Vicar of the Province of the Rosary in Spain, and Friar Jesús Díaz Sariego, Prior of the Province of Hispania.

Members of all the branches of the Dominican Family were present: nuns, friars, sisters, lay people, young people and members of the priestly fraternities.

During the Mass, Bishop Bernardito Auza defined St. Dominic de Guzman as "....a luminous star in the middle of the Churchwas truly the light of the world. He was so, not only by his wisdom and goodness or by the works he accomplished, but by the gift he received closely united to the mother of God".

In addition, the Nuncio of His Holiness thanked the members of the Dominican family "for the work practiced by the Dominicans stimulating the encounter between faith and reasonnourishing the vitality of the Christian faith and promoting the Church's mission of drawing hearts and minds to Christ, our Lord".

During the celebration, the choir Schola Antiquaplayed the Mass of St. Dominic's own, taken from the Exemplara book with all the Dominican liturgy that was made in the 13th century, and of which there is a copy in the Convent of San Esteban de Salamanca.

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