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.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Preparing the Way of the Lord in Oxford

We are already at Twelfth Night so before we leave the main part of the Christmas season here is a quick glance back to Advent at the Oxford Oratory. I have now managed to download some photographs sent to me by a friend of the Musical Oratory held at St Aloysius in Oxford on the evening of December 17th to reflect upon Advent themes. This year the particular emphasis was on St John the Baptist as the forerunner. The Musical Oratory is a long-standing Oratorian tradition, combining pieces for the choir, congregational singing and readings, together with a sermon, and ending with Benediction.

Lighting the altar candles

Fr Nicholas Edmonds-Smith C.O. preaches the sermon

The altar ready for Benediction

The beginning of Solemn Benediction

Images:Irim Sarwar

This was a beautiful and reflective devotion, helping the congregation to focus on the real themes of Advent rather than just the pre-Christmas shopping.


Zephyrinus said...

Lovely photos. Thank You. One question, though:

A Purple Antependium and a Purple Tabernacle Veil for Benediction !!!

I don't think so.

Perhaps an oversight ?

Once I Was A Clever Boy said...

Not so much an oversisght as the practical difficulty of changing the altar and tabernacle hangings in the middle of the service. So white vestments but violet for the fabric of the church.