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.

Monday, 12 April 2010

On the Reform of Holy Week under Pope Pius XII

Rorate Coeli has a link to a very interesting article from Palm Sunday about the changes to the Holy Week Liturgy promulgated in 1955. These matters have been looked at in detail also on the New Liturgical Movement site in recent months. It is originally in Italian and comes at present with an automatic translation into Googlespeak 'Anglitalian'. Nevertheless it is a serious setting out of the changes and worth looking at if you have not already seen it :

" The blog Disputationes Theologicae has published a long (and disturbing) essay on the reform of Holy Week accomplished between 1951 and 1956 by Bugnini et al. Among other things the essay informs us that, in 1959, Pope John XXIII made a point of observing Good Friday according to the pre-1955 rite.The essay is in Italian. A Google translation into English can be found here. A more formal translation into English should be available soon. Incidentally, the Italian blog post has a picture of the rite of un-nailing of the Corpus, a Holy Week devotional practice that has largely disappeared in the last 50 years.
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