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.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Precious Blood at SS Gregory and Augustine

Yesterday evening I went to the EF Mass for the Feast of the Precious Blood at SS Gregory and Augustine here in Oxford. As a feast it was a casualty of the 1960s changes in the Novus Ordo so it was good to be able once again to observe it.

Whilst at the church I had an opportunity to admire their latest addition as part of their renovation project - the paintings of SS George, Frideswide, Bede and Anne Line, together with Bl.Humphrey Pritchard and the soon to be Bl. John Henry Newman. These have joined the other saints - Peter and Paul, John Fisher and Thomas More flanking the altar, and all participating, one sensed, in the everlasting thanksgiving for and adoration of the Precious Blood.

1 comment:

davidforster said...

I envy you being able to get to Mass on Thursday to celebrate the Precious Blood - I wasn't able to get to mass that day.

Possibility of full pontifical mass in honour of the Precious Blood next year, somewhere not unadjacent to Victoria Station ...