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, 9 November 2021

Orange Vestments?

The notion of orange vestments might, at first glance, seen like some contemporary horror story to frighten the tender feelings and delicate sensibilities of the traditionally minded or the aesthetically sensitive ….

One wonders how well they might be received in certain parts of Ireland…

However the Liturgical Arts Journal had a recent post about some historic examples which were distinctly orange in colour. It speculated as to whether they might have been classed as red or yellow in eras when dyes were more variable than today, and indeed when local usages were more varied.

The illustrated article can be seen at A Brief Inquiry into Orange Shades in Vestments

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