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, 5 May 2016

Celebrating the Ascension

Today has been Ascension Day and I was able to observe it in traditional, if not indeed to say Traditional, style. It is worth pointing out that non-Catholic Christians in Oxford observe this as the Solemnity with the tradition of beating the parish bounds and the choir of Merton singing from the tower of the college chapel early in the morning.

Last night our Benedictine Oblate group which meets at SS Gregory and Augustine had First Vespers as an addition to our usual devotions.

Today I attended the EF Low Mass at the Oxford Oratory at 12.15pm and then was able to go to the EF High Mass there at 6pm. This is a recent but very welcome initiative by the Fathers of the Oratory to provide a full ceremonial celebration for those who want to observe the Ascension on the proper day.



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