Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding.

I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop...
It was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.


Monday, 11 April 2011

Vexilla regis prodeunt


Following on from my previous post about Passiontide veiling I have now found some pictures which give an idea of the effect of veiling the reredos at St Aloysius here in Oxford and the sombre splendour that results.

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Palm Sunday 2010 at the Oxford Oratory

Image: Oxford Oratory website

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Good Friday 2010

Image: Oxford Oratory website


Fr Blake writes on his blog about veiling in St Mary Magdalen's Brighton in this piece Lenten Veiling, and with this picture of the church this year:


I cannot see why veiling in Passiontide was made optional, nor why anyone would opt not to veil at this season.


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