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.


Sunday, 5 June 2016

Oxford Corpus Christi Procession


Here from the Oxford Oratory website are pictures of last Sunday's Corpus Christi Procession.

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On Sunday 29th May, Bishop Robert Byrne, Cong. Orat. led the Oxford Deanery Corpus Christi Procession.

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The marshals are briefed before departure:

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The Blessed Sacrament leaves the Oratory:

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The Procession heads down St Giles':

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The Witney Town Band played stirring tunes and hymns to help us on our way:

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Arrival at Blackfriars:

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Fr Robert Ombres, O.P. preached about the altar at Blackfriars, made from Rouge Languedoc marble: a reminder that St Dominic combatted the Cathars, who denied the goodness of creation. In the Blessed Sacrament, God comes to sanctify and deify the flesh.

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From Blackfriars, Fr Ombres carried Our Lord into the Cornmarket and through the busy shopping streets of Oxford:

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Fr Keith McMillan, S.J. carried the Blessed Sacrament for the final stage of the procession:

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Bishop Byrne gave Benediction at the Chaplaincy, accompanied by the band...

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…and Fr Dominic on the organ:

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After which, we had a very welcome cup of tea, courtesy of the Chaplaincy:

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Photographs by Hannah Chegwyn/Oxford Oratory website


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