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Saturday 16 November 2019

Our Sacred Heart Chapel Unveiled! After two years of planning, preparation and three months of construction, our new Sacred Heart altar has been installed, along with a new floor and the redecoration of the chapel.
Designed by Robert Kerr RIBA of @adamarchitecture , the altar is built of limestone and coloured marbles from Italy, crafted by S. McConnell & Son of Kilkeel, Northern Ireland. The design of the altar is in the restrained Roman Baroque style associated with the Roman churches of the counter-reformation. The facade of the Roman Oratory Church, the Chiesa Nuova, was a particular inspiration.
The chapel has been repainted in a highly breathable natural paint and in a subtle colour to allow the altar and statue of the Sacred Heart to stand out. The decorators painstakingly uncovered the natural sandstone surrounds and tracery on the windows and the piscina.
It is our hope in years to come to add a scheme of stencilled decoration with symbols of the Sacred Heart, patterns and borders.
The main contractors were @symmthebuilder

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Friday 15 November 2019

November Music

1 OMNIUM SANCTORUM Solemn Mass 18:00

Missa O quam gloriosum Victoria
O quam gloriosum Victoria
O bone Iesu Compère

2 OMNIUM FIDELIUM DEFUNCTORUM Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa pro defunctis a 4 Victoria

3 DOMINICA XXXI PER ANNUM Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa octavi toni Lassus
O quam gloriosum Victoria
Gustate et videte Asola

8 FATHERS & BROTHERS REQUIEM Solemn Mass 18:00

Missa pro defunctis a 4 Victoria

10 REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa pro defunctis a 4 Victoria
Beati mortui Mendelssohn

17 DOMINICA XXXIII PER ANNUM Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa ‘Amar donna’ Lassus
Perfice gressus meos Lassus
Ego sum panis vivus Esquivel

24 CHRISTUS REX Solemn Mass 11:00

Missa brevis in C (220) Mozart
Christus Vincit arr. Baker
O salutaris hostia (I) Palestrina

Monday 11 November 2019

On the 11th day of the 11th month we commemorate the signing of the Armistice which ended the Great War, and pray for those who gave their lives in defence of freedom. Depicted is the War Memorial tablet in the Oratory church. Requiescant in pace. #oxfordoratory

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Wednesday 6 November 2019

Our church was packed yesterday for Fr Jerome’s funeral. The Fathers are grateful to everyone who joined us, and for the many cards and condolences. November is traditionally the month for praying for the souls of our deceased loved ones and all the faithful departed. Lux perpetua luceat eis. #oxfordoratory

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Monday 4 November 2019

One of the treasures of the Oxford Oratory is our collection of letters and autographs of saints. Here, on his feast day, is the signature of St Charles Borromeo, reforming Archbishop of Milan, and friend of our holy father St Philip. #oxfordoratory #oratory

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