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.

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Marian Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Abingdon

The Pilgrimage now takes one of its random day excursions, in this case returning to the Thames Valley to visit Abingdon Abbey, but then departing for the north-east, before returning a third time to the Thames….

The destination is the Shrine of Our Lady of Abingdon in the Benedictine foundation there. Little remains of the abbey itself in the park on the site in the town centre. What I could glean from various sources about the devotion to Our Lady there is set out at Our Lady of Abingdon from 2020 and Our Lady of Abingdon from 2021. I also wrote about the re-establishment of the shrine in the Catholic Church in the town in the twentieth century.

Waterton records that he accept chronicle attribued the right to go on pilgrimage to Abingdon to grants from King Edward the Martyr (975-978) and Archbishop St Dunstan (d,988).

May Our Lady of Abingdon pray for The King and all the Royal Family and for us all

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