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.

Saturday, 2 January 2021

The Day of the Circumcision

Fr Hunwicke had a typical, thoughtfully researched post to mark the liturgical significance of yesterday on his blog. His own liturgical acumen looks at how describing it as the day of the Circumcision evolved into it being seen as the feast of the Circumcision. This he then sets within the way in which the Christmas Octave was observed. The result is a shsring of knowledge, a genuine insight into liturgical evolution from the early days of the Roman Church to the age of Vatican II. It is the best exposition of this development I have come across.

Fr Hunwicke’s article can be read at the-circumcision

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