More pictures here of the Corpus Christi procession in Oxford beginning at Blackfriars. Blackfriars is one of my most favorite churches. There is something v. beautiful in it simplicity and light. The pictures capture it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01379244511897838006 Marcus Aurelius

    I can almost smell the incense.You’ve made me curious about the Dominicans with all your posting about them. I’ve read up a bit on Benedictines but I must say, I am a bit in the dark about the Dominicans. They’re supposed to be the strict, inquisitorial types, though i am sure modern Dominicans take issue with that in a big way. The inquisition was probably largely misunderstood anyway, except perhaps in Spain, where some of the criticism is quite valid.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12520325224585096747 Éstiel

    Beautiful. Thank you, Father.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07632714882132276803 George Weis

    First of all I really enjoyed the pictures… thank you Father D!Now if this statement is true, then why have I seen so much rawkus Catholic behavior after a Mass? In all seriousness. Someone please help me grasp this. One of the biggest obstacles in me being able to buy this.”What could be more wonderful than this? No other sacrament has greater healing power; through it sins are purged away, virtues are increased, and the soul is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual gift.”-g-

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Because many Catholics don’t believe the truth and even those who do don’t behave accordingly.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04600912414364976709 LL

    Marcus Aurelius: If you get a chance, do read ‘The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality’ by Paul Murray OP. This beautiful and inspiring book explores how Dominicans from the start have rejoiced in being human – bodily and ensouled creatures – and believed in a gospel of joy, life and hope. What else could motivate a Dominican’s fervent preaching, desire to study and know God, except such love of God and his good creation?Though some Dominicans have been involved with the Inquisition – and for reasons that seemed good and salutary at the time – the truth is that the Dominicans were not as active as the popular imagination would have us believe. For example, St Dominic distanced himself from the Albigensian Crusade of his lifetime, and historical research shows that many Dominicans followed their founder in this regard. Perhaps our striking habits and the names of such men as Torquemada have had a far too lasting impression?! Nevertheless, those Dominicans who did get involved in the Inquisition all acted out of fidelity to the Church and her needs, and that is what we exist for – to serve the Mystical Body of Christ.A final word about Dominican spirituality & Dominicans: each one of us is different, because God’s grace builds on human nature, on the personality he has given each of us as individuals. But we are united in our love for the gospels and our desire to make Jesus Christ known. It is this that defines a Dominican, and they are discovered through the lives of the saints of the Order.- Br Lawrence Lew, OP

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10256968258037812310 Nick

    Both the Deacons pictured in the photo are from the Oxford Oratory.Fr Joseph Welch (on the left of the picture) was ordained on Friday 27 July 2008. Please remember him in your prayers.