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, 10 December 2015

News from the Birmingham Oratory

My attention has been drawn by a friend to this from the newsletter of the Birmingham and West Midlands branch of the Latin Mass Society :

For the Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis beginning in Advent 2015, the Birmingham Oratory will introduce a daily EF Low Mass with confessions available. This will initially be part of a novena preceding the patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception on 8th December, when Pontifical High Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Byrne Cong. Orat. at 7pm (please note – Mass of Ages incorrectly says this Mass is on Monday). Vespers will take place the day before.

There will be a second Pontifical High Mass on the second Sunday in January [tbc - Clever Boy] to be celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley – the Mass will be earlier than 10.30am to accommodate the vesting so please be ready for 10am.

The 9.30am Saturday Mass will switch to 7.30am Rorate Masses during Advent. I do hope you will do all you can to support this excellent provision of the Extraordinary Form in the area.

Daily Mass in the EF at the Birmingham Oratory, Edgbaston B16 8UE:

Weekdays 5.45pm Low Mass with confessions available
Saturday 7.30am Rorate Mass during Advent
Saturday 9.30am Low Mass outside Advent
Sunday 10.30am High Mass (EF Vespers at 4.30pm

Any queries should be addressed to the LMS or the Birmingham Oratory - Clever Boy

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