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, 8 October 2011

Latin Mass Society Pilgrimage to Oxford on October 22nd

A fortnight today, on Saturday October 22nd, the Latin Mass Society will hold its annual Pilgrimage to Oxford.

The Mass will be celebrated at 11 am in the church of Blackfriars on St Giles, and we are promised the traditional Dominican Rite. This is a very welcome reassertion of rites and rights.

Lunch will be available in the local hostelries or through the numerous sandwich shops which adorn central Oxford.

At 2 pm there will be the procession with the rosary from the site of the Bocardo prison by the tower of St Michael at the Northgate to the site of the gallows at the far end of Holywell Street where the Oxford Martyrs of 1589 suffered, and are commemorated by a modern plaque, dedicated in 2008. The Pilgrimage is usually marked by the erection of a reconstruction of the gallows at this point to concentrate thoughts.

The Pilgrimage will conclude with Benediction in Blackfriars at 3 pm.


The blessing of the memorial plaque at Holywell by Bishop William Kenney on the 2008 LMS Pilgrimage.
A number of the usual suspects were there...

Image: Joe Shaw on Flickr

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