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, 2 November 2021

The History of the Traditional Divine Office for All Souls Day

The website Canticum Salomonis has a carefully researched piece about the history of the Office for All Souls’ Day. It begins with links to two previous posts on the same site about the origins and structure of the Office which are equally insightful and informative and can also be accessed at origins of the Office of the Dead and All Souls, and the reforms All Souls underwent in the Neo-Gallican liturgies.

This latest article looks at the changes enacted under Pope St Pius X. The discussions recorded appear in many ways as lively as those in more recent decades.


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