Monday, September 20, 2010

LMS Oxford Pilgrimage with Archbishop Longley

Announcement:

Oxford Pilgrimage, Sat 23rd October 2010

For the 4th Centenary of Bl George Napier, martyred in 1610, with Archbishop Bernard Longley.

11am Solemn Mass in Blackfriars, St Giles’, Oxford.

2pm Procession led by Archbishop Bernard Longley, who will bless a plaque marking the site of the martyrdom.

3pm Benediction in Blackfriars.

Blessing 2
(In 2008 Bishop William Kenney blessed another plaque for us, in honour of the martyrs of 1589.)

The church of Blackfriars is the Priory Church of the Oxford Dominican community in Oxford, located on the West side of St Giles, OX1 3LY. There is limited stay parking in St Giles and Wellington Square, and car parks in Gloucester Square, Worcester Street and Westgate.

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Bl George Napier (or Napper) was born in Holywell Manor, Oxford, in 1550, and attended Corpus Christi College 1566-1568, until ejected for recusancy. He was ordained in Douai in 1596 and was sent on the English mission in 1603. He was captured near Kirtlington, north of Oxford, in July 1610, and was executed on the Castle gallows on 9th November the same year. He was beatified in 1929 by Pope Pius XI.

Dialogue at Bl George Napier's execution:

A Protestant minister: ‘Napper, Napper, confess your treason.’
Napper: ‘Treason, Sir! I thank God, I never knew what treason meant.’
The minister: ‘Be advised what you say, do not you remember how the judge told you it was treason to be a priest?’
Napper: ‘For that I die, Sir, and that judge, as well as I, shall appear before the just Judge of heaven, to whom I appeal, who will determine whether it be treason or no to be a priest.’
Taken from Memoirs of Missionary Priests
by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Challoner Vicar Apostolic.

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