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, 26 May 2012

St Philip's Day

Today is the feast day of St Philip Neri.

I shall celebrate it here at the Oratory in Oxford with my friends there. We have prepared for the feast with Novena in St Philip's honour, and last night we had First Vespers of the Solemnity. Please join me in keeping the Fathers, Brothers, External Brothers and their parishioners together with the other Oratories in England at Birmingham and London and the others across the world in our prayers.


The body of St Philip in the Chiesa Nuova, Santa Maria in Vallicella, in Rome
Image: orbiscatholicussecundus.blogspot


The deathmask of St Philip



The Virgin Mary appears to St Philip Neri
Carlo Maratta 1625-1713

St Philip pray for us

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