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, 20 February 2021

Lent in the Ambrosian Rite

The Liturgical Arts Journal has an article which is basically a re-publication of a contribution to the New Liturgical Movement from 2010 about the liturgical colours used in the Ambrosian Rite in Milan. I think I linked to it on this blog when it was first published, but, like Shawn Tribe on his newer site, see no reason not to share it again.

Unlike the Roman use of violet throughout the season, with the variation of rose on Laetare Sunday, until Holy Week is reached, the venture in Milan is black on ferial days and the distinctive use of morello on Sundays. 

This, and other features specific to the celebration of the Ambrosian Rite are described and illustrated at Liturgical Colours of Lent in the Ambrosian Rite

Given its antiquity, the significant figures who have used the Rite, including St Charles Borromeo, and the size and importance of the Archdiocese, the Ambrosian Rite is both of interest in itself and a reminder of the historic liturgical diversity of the Church.

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