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 7 March 2014

Requiem for King Louis XVI in Paris

Rorate Caeli has a post with a really quite splendid, and beautiful, set of photographs of a Solemn Requiem Mass celebrated last year on 220th anniversary of his death for King Louis XVI in the church of St Eugene in the Archdiocese of Paris. 

The slide show from Flickr on the blog begins part way through the Mass, but if you play it through it comes to what is, I assume, the intended beginning, with pictures of a cataphalque bearing a crown and the riband of the Order of the Holy Ghost. The series continues through the traditional liturgy to the absolutions at the cataphalque and a group image of the altar party. It can be seen at  This is the Mass.

As I commented recently at the beginning of my post Commemorating King Louis XVI French Royalism displays a vitality of which few in this country seem to be aware.

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