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

Requiems in the Extraordinary Form

On All Souls Day I served as thurifer at the Extraordinary Form Mass at SS Gregory and Augustine here in Oxford, as in this photograph:

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Image from LMS Chairman

The celebrant was Fr John Saward, the parish priest.

On Friday evening we had the annual Solemn Mass of Requiem for Deceased Fathers and Brothers at the Oxford Oratory. For the first time this was in the Extraordinary Form. This was a particularly beautiful celebration with Gregorian Propers and the austere dignity of the liturgy enhanced by black vestments for the three sacred ministers, the violet hangings and the unbleached wax candles. I very much hope that soon there will be a picture on the Oratory website that I can copy and paste.

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