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, 11 July 2013

Celebrating St Benedict's Feast

The Oxford Benediction Oblates marked St Benedict's feast day today with a Mass in the Extraordinary Form celebrated by Fr Jerome Bertram C.O. at the Oxford Oratory this evening.

As we were a Benedictine group we availed ourselves of the opportunity on this occasion to include the use of the traditional Sequence for the Feast of St Benedict provided for the Order. This  clearly enhanced the sense of our identity as a group in the context of a beautiful and reflective Mass.

Afterwards we continued the celebrations with dinner together at a nearby Italian restaurant, reflecting upon, and indeed availing ourselves of, St Benedict's allowance of wine for his monks.


St Benedict


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