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, 1 June 2013

Evesham Pilgrimage June 15th

A fortnight today, on June 15th there will be the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Evesham in Worcestershire, in honour of Our Lady of Evesham.

Devotion to the Virgin Mary there stems from the tradition of a vision of her given to Eoves the swineheard and then to St Egwin, Bishop of Worcester and founder of the abbey at the beginning of the eighth century - long before Walsingham, let alone more famous shrines which have developed around modern appearances of Our Lady.


The modern statue of Our Lady of Evesham in the church

Image: Anglia Catholica


The Pilgrimage procession in the abbey grounds

Image:Evesham Journal

The Pilgrimage Mass will be celebrated in the church of St Mary and St Egwin at 1pm. The church is at the northern end of the town centre and very close to the railway station.


The church of St Mary and St Egwin

I have been on the Pilgrimage once before and would commend it to anyone interested in joining it. Furthermore Evesham is an attractive and historic town, and makes for a very pleasant day out.

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