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, 14 August 2012

The Spanish Privilege at the Oxford Oratory


I noted at the Vigil Mass for the Assumption at the Oxford Oratory this evening that the celebrant was vested in Spanish blue in honour of Our Lady. I gather the handsome Low Mass set is a recent acquisition for the sacristy, and looks very fine. I posted about the use of this liturgical colour in Spanish Blue. I am assured that the Oratorians are fully entitled to use the Spanish Privilege in this matter.

Now all we want is the High Mass set...

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