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.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

A Day with Mary in Oxford

Today being Our Lady's birthday seems a good occasion upon which to publicise the forthcoming Day with Mary at the Oxford Oratory. This is one of a series of such events held throughout the country. At the heart of these Days with Mary is reflection on the revelations by and about Our Lady at Fatima in 1917.


Our Lady of Fatima


The day consists of reflections and devotions as well as processions of Our Lady, Exposition and two sermons in addition to Mass, and concludes with enrollment with the scapular.

The Oxford Day with Mary is on Saturday September 17th, beginning with a film about Fatima at 9.30 in the parish centre. It is due to conclude at 6.15. Those attending should bring a packed lunch. There is more about the Day with Mary apostolate here.

If one is free to go it appears to be an excellent way in which to mark both Our Lady's birthday this month and next month's anniversary of the 1917 Fatima Miracle of the Sun.

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