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.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Prayer for the canonisation of Bl. John Henry Newman

At the Birmingham Oratory we were given copies of the new prayer for Bl. John Henry Newman's canonisation:


God our Father. you granted to your servant Blessed John Henry Newman wonderful gifts of nature and grace, that he should be a spiritual light in the darkness of this world, and an eloquent herald of the Gospel, and a devoted servant of the one Church of Christ.

With confidence in his heavenly intercession, we make the following petition [here make your petition]

For his insight into the mysteries of the kingdom, his zealous defence of the teachings of the Church, and his priestly love for each of your children, we pray that he may soon be numbered among the Saints.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Nihil Obstat: Fr Pat McKinney
+ Bernard Longley,
Archbishop of Birmingham

30th March 2010

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