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lundi 23 janvier 2017

Sacra Liturgia Summer School - France - 5-17 August 2017

Fourth International

Sacra Liturgia Summer School

La Garde-Freinet

(Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)

83680, France

5-17 August 2017

An English-language liturgical summer school following on from the international Sacra Liturgia conferences in Rome, New York and London and the summer schools from 2014-2016 organised by the Monastère Saint-Benoît of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France.

Bishop Dominique Rey celebrates Pontifical Mass at the Throne
Feast of the Assumption, Summer School 2016
Designed for families, individuals and groups of clergy and laity who wish to holiday in Provence in the South of France whilst having the opportunity to participate in liturgical celebrations according to the usus antiquior of the Roman rite.


This year we have the privilege of welcoming His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. His Eminence will celebrate Pontifical first Vespers and Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Throne for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15 August). Bishop Dominique Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, will welcome His Eminence and be present at I Vespers of the Assumption. Cardinal Burke will also give a conference on the Sacred Liturgy for participants. 

The summer school includes pilgrimages to and the celebration of solemn Mass in the Royal Basilica housing the relics of St Mary Magdalen at St Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume and the chapel housing the relics of St Roseline of Villeneuve (†1329) - details below. A visit to the ancient Cistercian Abbey of Le Thoronet is also possible.

Solemn Mass in the Royal Basilica of St Mary Magdalene
Summer School 2016
The summer school includes practical formation in Gregorian chant (for beginners and for those more advanced), and in the ceremonies of the usus antiquior for priests and seminarians wishing to learn how to celebrate Low Mass, how to serve as deacon and subdeacon, and for seminarians and servers who wish to learn more about the rites and how to serve as a Master of Ceremonies. 

The daily schedule gives over the mornings to practical training (approximately 14 hours of tuition in total), with presentations and discussions (presenters and topics to be announced) taking place in the evenings after vespers. Afternoons are free for relaxation and exploring the region.

The crucifix ("la croix des Maures")
overlooking the village of La Garde-Freinet
The mountain village of La Garde-Freinet, situated in a wine growing region some 20 km from Saint-Tropez and approximately 15 km from the Mediterranean sea, is an ideal holiday location with mountain walks, a Provencal market, shops and restaurants. English is widely spoken in the village. Participants will arrange their own accommodation, meals and transport. For further information on the village, including local accommodation available for rent, see here. The secretariat may be able to help individuals in finding accommodation in the village if necessary.

The nearest airports are Toulon/Hyeres, Nice and Marseille from which one can hire a car to use in getting to and from the village, for use whilst there, and for the pilgrimages. The nearest railway station is Les Arcs/Draguinan from which in August there are buses to La Garde-Freinet. French railway information can be found here and bus timetables here.

Practical training options:

Low Mass practice (for clergy and seminarians)
-   Textbook: J.B. O’Connell, The Celebration of Mass; a Study of the Rubrics of the Roman Missal.. (1964; reprinted by Preserving Christian Publications)

The Sacred Ministers at Solemn Mass including chants (for clergy and seminarians)
-      Textbook: Fortescue, O’Connell, Reid, The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, 15th ed., Burns & Oates 2009.

Sung Mass (missa cantata) including chants (for clergy and seminarians)
-     Textbook: Fortescue, O’Connell, Reid, The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, 15th ed., Burns & Oates 2009

Serving low, sung and solemn Mass (men and boys)
-     No textbook is required, but those who wish may bring: Fortescue, O’Connell, Reid, The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, 15th ed., Burns & Oates 2009

The chant of the Mass and Office (any participants - beginners, intermediate & advanced)
-     Tutors will be in touch regarding materials to bring. Most music will be provided.

A "masterclass" for Masters of Ceremonies (experienced servers, seminarians and clergy)
- Participants in this masterclass should have access to at least the ceremonial books mentioned above.

Registration is possible for the whole Summer School
or for individual days.

Registrants are responsible for their own accommodation, transport and meals. Where possible the secretariat will try to help individuals who need to share accommodation or transport. 

In addition to the daily schedule below, the programme includes the following:

The Solemn Requiem Mass at the 2016 Summer School
Solemn Requiem Mass on Monday, August 7th at 09h00.

Friday, 11th August, 16h00: Solemn Mass in the Royal Basilica of Saint Mary Magdalen, St Maximin la Sainte-Baume, followed by veneration of the relics and vespers. A private visit to the sanctuary of St Mary Magdalene in the mountains of la Sainte-Baume is possible beforehand.

Saturday, 12th August, 09h30: Solemn Mass in the Chapel of Saint Rosaline of Villeneuve, Les Arcs, preceded by terce and followed by the veneration of the relics.  A private visit to the Abbey of Le Thoronet is possible in the afterwards.


Sacra Liturgia is profoundly grateful to the Very Reverend and Reverend Curé’s of St Maximin la Sainte-Baume and Les Arcs for their kind welcome.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Normal Daily Schedule

[Although it does not form part of the summer school programme,
participants may attend the Office of Matins at 04h00 if they wish.]


Lauds: 06h00 (followed by private Masses)
Prime: 07h30
Confessions: 08h30
Terce: 08h45
Sung Mass: 09h00
Practical training: Chant/Ceremonies: 10h15
Break: 11h15
Practical training: Chant/Ceremonies: 11h30
Sext: 12h45
None: 14h00

Vespers: 18h00
Aperitif & social time/Evening talk: 18h30
Compline: 19h30 

lundi 16 janvier 2017

Sacra Liturgia Milano 2017 - apertura delle iscrizioni - registrations open

Siamo lieti di annunciare i relatori e gli argomenti di Sacra Liturgia Milano, giugno 06-09 2017, e di aprire le iscrizioni sul sito web del convegno.

We are pleased to announce the speakers and topics for Sacra Liturgia Milan, 6-9 June 2017, and to open registrations on the conference website.

jeudi 8 décembre 2016

El Cardenal Robert Sarah:HACIA UNA AUTÉNTICA IMPLEMENTACIÓN DE LA SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM


Tenemos el privilegio de publicar el texto oficial del discurso de Su Eminencia, el cardenal Robert Sarah, de Sacra Liturgia UK el 5 julio de 2016. El archivo PDF se puede encontrar aquí.

Il Cardinale Robert Sarah: Verso un’autentica attuazione di «Sacrosanctum Concilium»


Abbiamo il privilegio di pubblicare il testo ufficiale del discorso di Sua Eminenza, il Cardinale Robert Sarah, da Sacra Liturgia UK 5 luglio 2016. Il file PDF può essere trovato qui.

Il testo è pubblicato in: Cristianità, XLIV, no. 382 (October - December 2016): 21-40. (http://alleanzacattolica.org)

jeudi 24 novembre 2016

Sacra Liturgia Milano 6-9 June 2017

Thanks to the blessing and support of His Eminence, Angelo Cardinal Scola, Archbishop of Milan, the plans for Sacra Liturgia Milan 6-9 June 2017 are moving forward steadily.

Grazie alla benedizione e al sostegno di Sua Eminenza il Sig. Cardinale Angelo Scola, Arcivescovo di Milano, i preparativi di “Sacra Liturgia – Milano 6-9 Giugno 2017” procedono a ritmo serrato.




An impressive range of prelates scholars have been engaged to speak, including His Eminence, Robert Cardinal Sarah, His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Abbot Christopher Zielinski Father Michael Lang, Dom Alcuin Reid, Professor Jennifer Donelson, Msgr Claudio Magnoli, Fr Vincenzo Nuara OP, Msgr Timothy Verdon, Professor Angleo Rusconi, Professor Cesare Alzati, Msgr Marco Navoni, Monsignor Ennio Apeciti and Dr Andrea Gramegna. Presentations will take place in the Aula Magna of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and will be simultaneously translated into Italian and English.

Un prestigiosissimo parterre di prelati e studiosi ha confermato la partecipazione, fra i quali Sua Eminenza il Sig. Cardinale Robert Sarah, Sua Eminenza il Sig. Cardinale Raymond Leo Burke, l’Abate Christopher Zielinski, Padre Michael Lang Cong. Or., dom Alcuin Reid, la Prof.ssa Jennifer Donelson. Mons. Claudio Magnoli, Mons. Timothy Verdon, Mons. Marco Navoni, Mons. Ennio Apeciti, Padre Vincenzo Nuara O.P., il Prof. Angelo Rusconi, il Prof. Cesare Alzati, e il Dott. Andrea Gramegna. Le conferenze si terranno nell’Aula Magna dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore a Milano con traduzione simultanea in italiano e inglese.

Liturgical celebrations in both uses of the Ambrosian rite will take place at the historic Basilica of Saint Ambrose (adjacent to the University), in the Metropolitan Cathedral and in another church (tba). We are profoundly grateful to the authorities for welcoming Sacra Liturgia, and to His Eminence, Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi, for agreeing to celebrate solemn vespers for the opening of the conference.


Le funzioni liturgiche in entrambe le forme del Rito Ambrosiano verranno celebrate presso la Perinsigne Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio (adiacente all’Università), la Cattedrale Metropolitana e un’altra chiesa del centro cittadino. La nostra più profonda gratitudine va alle Autorità che ci hanno generosamente accolto, e a Sua Eminenza il Sig. Cardinale Dionigi Tettamanzi per avere acconsentito a celebrare i Vespri Solenni della conferenza d’apertura.

In addition to the conference presentations and liturgical celebrations, an afternoon of cultural visits is being planned so that delegates can benefit from some of Milan’s extraordinarily rich heritage such as the Bibliotheca Ambrosiana, the church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, etc.

Oltre al convegno e alle funzioni liturgiche, è in corso di pianificazione un pomeriggio di visite culturali studiato in modo che i delegati possano visitare alcuni luoghi parte dello straordinario patrimonio storico e culturale della città di Milano, fra cui la Biblioteca Ambrosiana, la chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, etc.

The conference website with further details, including the speakers’ topics will be launched in December. Registrations will open on line by the end of January.

Il sito web del convegno contenente ulteriori dettagli, fra cui i titoli delle conferenze degli oratori, verrà reso disponibile a Dicembre.
Le iscrizioni al convegno saranno aperte alla fine di Gennaio.

Sponsorship opportunities remain open for the Milan conference and we would be happy to hear from interested persons or companies. Similarly, we would be happy to hear from any benefactors who wish to contribute to bursaries so as to assist students, religious or clergy who wish to participate.

Rimangono inoltre aperte opportunità di sponsorizzazione per “Sacra Liturgia – Milano 2017” da parte di persone e aziende interessate. Saranno infine benvenuti i generosi contributi di benefattori che vorranno pagare borse di studio per la partecipazione di studenti, religiosi e sacerdoti desiderosi di partecipare, ma impossibilitati a versare l’intera quota di iscrizione.

vendredi 19 août 2016

Sacra Liturgia Summer School 5-17 July 2016

With thanks to Mr Joseph Gutierrez, some images from the 2016 summer school liturgical celebrations including the vigil and feast of St Lawrence, the solemn votive requiem Mass, the solemn Masses from the pilgrimages to the Royal Basilica of St Mary Magdalen at St Maximin as well as to the chapel of St Rosaline at Les Arcs, and from the Solemn Pontifical Mass at the throne celebrated by Bishop Dominique Rey, Bishop of Frejus-Toulon, on the feast of the Assumption.









The entire album can be viewed here.

samedi 23 juillet 2016

Presentations at the Sacra Liturgia 2016 Summer School (5-17 August)

We pleased to announce the titles of the presentations to be made at the Sacra Liturgia 2016 summer school which opens in just under two weeks:

Dr Jonas Vilimas (Vilnius, Lithuania)

“On psalmody in theory and practice” (2 presentations)

Mr Gerhard Eger (Princeton & Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon)

"The Rise and Fall of the Neo-Gallican Uses"

"Emendandis et Adornandis: An Overview of the Neo-Gallican Use of Fréjus". 

Dom Alcuin Reid (Monastère Saint-Benoit & International Coordinator of Sacra Liturgia)

“Liturgical Intergrity—On celebrating as the Church celebrates”

“Smoke and mirrors and plain liesReflections on reactions to Cardinal Sarah’s address to Sacra Liturgia UK”

These brief presentations will be made following the celebration of Vespers on August 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th & 13th.

For further details see here