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, 19 September 2011

Sermons on the Mass

To accompany the introduction of the new English translation of the Missal the Oxford Oratory is having a series of twelve sermons on the liturgy of the Mass on Sundays. The sermons will be made available to read on the Oxford Oratory website.

The first three are by Fr Joseph Welch on And with your Spirit, Br Nicholas Edmonds-Smith on the Confiteor and Fr Dominic Jacob on the Gloria.

These have a wider relevance than just the mechanics of the new translation but provide an informative and helpful exploration of the theology underlying the words of the liturgy.

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