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, 8 April 2015

Oratorian celebrations of Easter


The Internet provides some image sof how the othe English Oratories celebrated Easter. The New Liturgical Movement has an account at the  following link with a splendid set of pictures The Easter Vigil at the London Oratory

There is a picture of the High Mass at Birmingham which can be accessed at http://www.birminghamoratory.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IMG_1187-smaller-275x205.jpg

At York the celebrations appear to have been impressive. I have adapted and edited the post from the website of St Wilfrid's as follows:

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The Sanctuary at the beginning of Holy Week 

Maundy Thursday and the Altar of Repose:


Maundy Thursday 

The Altar of Repose this year is particularly beautiful. The Poor Clares  gave us a beautiful altar frontal from their former monastery in Lawrence Street together with some of the other hangings pictured. The tabernacle veil and the altar linen are from the Bar Convent. We are very grateful to the Sisters for their generosity.

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At the Maundy Thursday Mass our choir was joined by members of the St Austin's Singers from Wakefield who sang a polyphonic setting of the Mass by Casciolini.

After Mass a group walked in prayer down Petergate and Walmgate to visit the Altar of Repose at St George's Church.

Many people stayed in church until the end of the period of watching and joined the community in the Office of Compline.

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Garden Easter

Paschal Candle 

The Paschal Candle decorated by the Oratory's guest Mr Eamon Manning


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Lighting the Candle from the Paschal Fire

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Blessing the Font
 
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Receiving four candidates into full communion with the Church and administering the Sacrament of Confirmation.



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St Wilfrid's decorated for Easter
 
Images: Patrick Thornber/St Wilfrid's York website

All of which suggests things are going very well in the new foundation in York.


A happy, blessed and joyful Easter to all the English Oratories


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