Friday, 7 September 2007
Start of Term
As Luke and Michael are now on extended parish placement, I have taken on the mantle as a new student of keeping an update on life at seminary. For us first years, term began on September 1st, and for a few days we were introduced to Oscott and the city of Birmingham. On Sunday we had the chance to say Evening Prayer with Archbishop Vincent Nichols in St. Chad's cathedral. The rest of the college returned on Tuesday, when I met my fellow East Anglian Padraig, who is beginning his third year. During the BBQ on Tuesday evening I got to talk to three Vietnamese students who are also joining the first year as students for Birmingham diocese (after having spent some time here already learning English).
Lectures have been underway since yesterday, and the days are beginning to have a regular pattern. Half an hour's meditation in the morning preceded by the Angelus and followed by Morning Prayer, breakfast, lectures, Mass, lunch, free/ study time, Evening Prayer, dinner, Night Prayer and some form of social time. The Pugin chapel is definitely the highlight of the college, done in an ornate and colouful Gothic style, and we have already been introduced to some of the beautiful psalm settings and hymns used in the liturgy here - yesterday we had a go at the solemn tone of the Salve Regina.
On another note, I've been told there's football tomorrow, so I'll see if I can hide the fact that I've got two left feet!