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, 3 September 2021

In defence of Latin Lections at Mass

Rorate Caeli has an excellent article by Peter Kwasniewski which sets out the wide range of reasons for retaining the use of Latin for the lections at Mass in the usus antiquior or TLM. 

It is a slight revision of an article he wrote some years ago, but now reissued with the added urgency necessitated by the threat to traditional usage posed by Traditionis Custodes. However the article, as one might indeed expect from so articulate and informed a commentator as Dr Kwasniewski, has much more to it than just a defence of Latin for the lections but touches on many other aspects of the mystical integrity of the Mass, linking believers across time and space in a metaphysical quest for the things of God.

The article, which I do recommend, can be read at In Defense of Preserving Readings in Latin

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