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.

Sunday 24 March 2024

Patristics for Palm Sunday

Last year on Palm Sunday I reproduced two sets of readings from the Traditional Breviary Office of Matins. They are from a sermon by St Leo the Great and St Ambrose’s commentary on St Luke.
I think both are very well worth reading as we enter Holy Week and therefore I am inking to them both for anyone who would like to read, or re-read them:

St Ambrose on Palm Sunday

Quite apart from their apposite wss at this point in the liturgical year they are also fine examples of the style of both authors.

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