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, 27 March 2017

Conferring the Diaconate at the Oxford Oratory

Last Saturday, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Br Oliver Craddock, Cong.Orat. received the diaconate at the Oxford Oratory by Bishop Robert Byrne, Cong. Orat.

Bishop Robert's Sermon can be read here

Here are pictures of the liturgy and celebrations from the Oxford Oratory website:

The candidate is called forward:

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The Litany of the Saints:

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The promise of obedience:

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The Laying on of Hands:

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The Presentation with the Book of the Gospels:

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The new deacon assists the bishop to incense the altar:

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The Sign of Peace:

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The new deacon performs the ablutions after Holy Communion:

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Br Oliver sings the dismissal at the end of Mass:

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All the members of the Oxford Oratory together:

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The cake being cut at the party after Mass:

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Images: © The Oxford Oratory

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