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.


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Vigil of Pentecost at Oxford Blackfriars


Last Saturday evening, as last year, I attended the Vigil of Pentecost at Blackfriars here in Oxford. 

This was the second year that this occasion has been marked in this particular way. As I said last year in my post about the Vigil it is a welcome return to older practice and it makes for more in the way of celebration and reflection on the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. Here are some pictures of this year's celebration from the Dominican website Godzdogz: 






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