|"Queen of Preachers, Pray for Us"|
|Written by Sherry|
|Wednesday, 08 August 2007 10:56|
Although the story of St. Dominic receiving the Rosary directly from Our Lady is pious legend (it was a Dominican in the 15th century who led the drive to popularize the Rosary),early Dominican devotion to Mary is not. For nearly 800 years, Dominicans have sung the Salve Regina at the end of Compline.
As for Dominic himself, whenever he met with any difficulty along the road he loved to intone the Ave Maris Stella (Bologna, 21). He also chose to retain the custom of reciting the liturgical office - or, para liturgical in modern terms - of the Blessed Virgin, as was done at Citeaux and Premontré. He arranged this in a special way, however. So as not to make the liturgy burdensome, but to prepare for it and place it under the protection of the Mother of God, he had the brethren say the Hours of the Virgin Mary before the canonical Office. Thus they recited Matins of the Blessed Virgin in the dormitory on rising (Primitive Constitutions, Dist. I, 1) and the other hours before those of the office.
In this way Mary was ever present in the life of the brethren. Singing her litany at the end of Compline on Saturdays was a devotion the brethren transmitted to the lay confraternities of the Rosary in the sixteenth century. During the first half of the XXth century Dominicans added to it the invocation, "Queen of Preachers, pray for us.
This image of Mary was transferred by St. Dominic to San Sisto, the first monastary of Domincan nuns in Rome.