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.


Thursday, 2 October 2014

The Inaugural Mass at St Walburge's Preston


Yesterday the New Liturgical Movement website had an article about the inaugural High Mass last Saturday at St Walburge's Preston for its new role as a shrine for Eucharistic Adoration under the care of ICKSP.

The Mass was celebrated in the presence of the Bishop of Lancaster, who preached, and the whole occasions appears to have been both splendid (in all senses of the word) and also well-attended, which bodes well for this initiative.

The NLM report, which has a link to a set of sumptuous photographs of the whole day, can be seen at News from the ICKSP in England.

I really want to visit Preston - and that is something I would never have imagined myself saying hitherto (notwithstanding the presence of second cousins in the town).




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