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, 3 October 2014

The Forty Hours Devotion at the Oxford Oratory - October 17th -19th

In a fortnight's time the Oxford Oratory will hold its annual Forty Hours Devotion. Given the current state of the world, we will offer the special intentions of Peace, and prayer in union with persecuted Christians. 


Image: Oxford Oratory

Friday 17th October: The Forty Hours will commence with Solemn High Mass of Exposition at 6pm, followed by Exposition,and at 11pm there will be Compline and Benediction - Compline will be sung by the Dominican Friars of Oxford Blackfriars
Vigil before the Blessed Sacrament through the night with recitation of the rosary - refreshments available in the parish centre
Saturday 18th October: 5am{ Mattins and Lauds of the Blessed Sacrament with the  Sisters of the Work from Littlemore
6am: Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form
Exposition continues until 10am Low Mass and then until 6.30pm Mass for Peace with hymns
12 midnight: Blessed Sacrament is reposed
Sunday 19th October: 8am Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form, 9.30am Parish Mass, 11am Solemn Mass of the Sacred Heart
The Blessed Sacrament then remains exprosed until  5pm: Solemn Vespers, Procession and Benediction.

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