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.
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I am a Catholic and a historian based in Oxford, where I am a member of Oriel College. My research, for a long delayed D.Phil., is a study of Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln in the second decade of the fifteenth century. I also work as a freelance tutor in History and as an independent tour guide.
I was received into the Church in 2005 and am a Brother of the External Oratory of St Philip Neri at the Oxford Oratory.
EF High Mass for the Annunciation at the Oxford Oratory
Earlier this evening I attended the EF High Mass for the transferred Feast of the Annunciation at the Oxford Oratory.
Having a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite on this feast has become part of the Oxford Oratory's liturgical life in recent years, and was a very well attended celebration. The congregation included what might be termed enthusiasts for the traditional form as well as regular attendees of the 6pm Mass and those who had come because it was amajor feast - not either/or but both-and if you follow my mental shorthand. The argument proffered by the declining number of opponents of the older form that people will not attend it was once again disproved
This was a particularly beautiful celebration with the elegant liturgical choreography performed to a very high standard indeed.