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 11 April 2011

Vexilla regis prodeunt

Following on from my previous post about Passiontide veiling I have now found some pictures which give an idea of the effect of veiling the reredos at St Aloysius here in Oxford and the sombre splendour that results.


Palm Sunday 2010 at the Oxford Oratory

Image: Oxford Oratory website


Good Friday 2010

Image: Oxford Oratory website

Fr Blake writes on his blog about veiling in St Mary Magdalen's Brighton in this piece Lenten Veiling, and with this picture of the church this year:

I cannot see why veiling in Passiontide was made optional, nor why anyone would opt not to veil at this season.

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