08 August 2009

The Dominican Church in Dubrovnik

Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saint Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order -- or -- Order of Preachers.

In Dubrovnik, Croatia there’s a Dominican church which dates back to the fourteenth century. Most impressive there, above the altar, is this painted Crucifix by Paolo Veneziano, which was given to the Dominican church of Dubrovnik as a votive offering in the year 1384. It is one of the largest painted Crucifixes in Europe -- about 16 feet or 500 centimeters.

Unfortunately, in the year 1970 a radical re-design brought about the removal and destruction of the High Altar and Sanctuary.

The Dominican Order is perhaps the most renowned promoters of the Holy Rosary. The fifteen Rosary promises are thought to have been given to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche by our Blessed Mother.

Sancte Dominice, ora pro nobis!