Prayer is at the heart of any Dominican life. It is through daily prayer and contemplation that we have lasting fruits to give the world.
One of the Dominicans’ greatest mottos, taken from St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae is “to contemplate and to share the fruits of your contemplation.”
The essence of Dominican life is a happy combination of the contemplative life with the active one. One nourishes and stimulates the other. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, our hearts burn within us as Christ opens the scriptures to us through contemplation (Lk 24:32) and we are compelled to preach, to announce his good news (Lk 24:34) in whichever way we can.
As well as personal private prayer, Lay Dominicans undertake to say the Divine Office daily, at home or with the brethren at a local priory. We are enjoined to attend Mass daily, or as often as we can, to say the Rosary, and attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
For an excellent explanation of different forms of prayer and links to a range of traditional Dominican prayers visit the website of The Lay Fraternities of St Dominic, Province of St Joseph, Eastern USA