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.

Friday, 2 April 2021

The Traditional Good Friday Prayer for the Jews

Last Advent Peter Kwasniewski had an interesting post on the New Liturgical Movement with his reflections upon the pre-1955 Prayer for the Jews and the changes made to its form over the succeeding decades. This part of the Solemn Liturgy has become, or been made to be, controversial. Dr Kwasniewski, by looking at the history of the text and also by consulting the works of St Thomas Aquinas, seeks to answer those arguments made in favour of modification or change. His article can be read at The Truthfulness of the Pre-1955 Good Friday Prayer for the Jews

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