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.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Forty Hours at the Oxford Oratory programme

This is the schedule of celebrations of Mass and other events during next weekend when the Oxford Oratory holds its Forty Hours Devotion:


Image: Oxford Oratory

The Devotion begins with Solemn Mass at 6pm on Friday, followed by Exposition until Compline and Benediction at Midnight with the members of the Oxford Dominicans. 
There follows a Vigil with the saying of the Rosary until Mattins and Lauds at 5am with the Sisters of the Work from Littlemore. This will be followed at 6am by a Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form .

Exposition continues through Saturday, with Low Mass at 10 and the Mass for Peace at 6.30, and Exposition is then resumed until Midnight.
On Sunday the Masses are at the usual times of 8am, in the Extraordinary Form, and at 9.30am and 11am, when the Solemn Mass is that of the Sacred Heart. Exposition will resume thereafter and continue through the afternoon. The Forty Hours will conclude with Solemn Vespers, Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at 5pm.


Image: Oxford Oratory

This is an important and beautiful opportunity for devotion to Our Lord in His Eucharistic Presence and an occasion very well worth attending, even if it is only for a short time to bring prayers and intercessions before Him. If you can find time to spend in the night vigil or for a longer period during the day it is immensely rewarding and an occasion of spiritual renewal.


Irim said...

I believe, m'dear, you mean that it begins with mass at 6*pm* on Friday, 18 October. xx

Once I Was A Clever Boy said...

Thank you for pointing out the error on my part - yet another senior moment...