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.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Indulgence of the Portiuncula

Today, if one fulfills the conditions, the faithful can gain the plenary indulgence of the Portiuncula (or Porziuncola) - the chapel of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi which St Francis started to repair in fulfilment of the Divine command to "rebuild my church." There is more about the history of the chapel and the indulgence here.


The Portiuncola

To obtain the indulgence one must visit any parish church in the world, recite an Our Father and a Creed for the Pope's Intention and make one's Confession and receive Communion within eight days either side of the visit, as well as being free from attachment to even venial sins. If there is still attachment to such venial sins then the indulgence is partial rather than plenary.

So I'm off to recite the Pater and the Credo at the Oratory today.

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