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.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Mangling the Maronite Liturgy

Peter Kwasniewski has a long and detailed article on the New Liturgical Movement about changes that have been made to the Maronite liturgy under Latin, and more seriously, ‘reform’- minded influence, often very subjectively. It is not a little depressing, if sadly familiar, to read of the destruction of very ancient liturgical practices for whatever reason. For those of us from the Latin tradition who know little of the traditions of Byzantium, of Antioch and of Syria it is also a valuable introduction to that venerable heritage.

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