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jeudi 6 février 2020

Seventh International Sacra Liturgia Summer School: 25 July - 7 August 2020

Seventh International 
Sacra Liturgia Summer School

La Garde-Freinet

(Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)

83680, France

25 July - 7 August 2020

"The best liturgical formation 
is simply to live the sacred liturgy each day."

An English-language liturgical summer school following on from the international Sacra Liturgia conferences in Rome, New York, London and Milan and the 2014-2019 summer schools organised by the Monastère Saint-Benoît of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France.

Some of the participants in the 2019 Summer School
with His Excellency, Archbishop Thomas Gullicskon.

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 be formed in the Sacred Liturgy and to participate in liturgical celebrations according to the usus antiquior of the Roman rite.

Preparing to sing solemn Mass in the Royal Basilica of St Mary Magdalene.


The programme 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 on Wednesday, 29th July at 15h00, and a pilgrimage to the chapel housing the relics of St Roseline of Villeneuve (†1329) (date tbc)A visit to the ancient Cistercian Abbey of Le Thoronet is also possible. This year, the bishop of Frejus-Toulon, Msgr Dominique Rey, will join us to celebrate Pontifical Mass at the Throne on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Thursday, 6th August.


Singing Solemn Mass at the Chapel of Saint Rosealine, 2019

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 (topics tbc) and discussions taking place in the evenings after vespers. Afternoons are free for relaxation and exploring the region.

A village scene during the 2017 Summer School
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. Students with limited means are invited to contact us to see what may be possible through the monastery.

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.

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.


Participants prepare for the celebration of Solemn or Sung Mass 
on each day of the Summer School. 

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, particularly students and seminarians, who need to share accommodation or transport. 

Please contact us if you have any questions.
Normal Daily Schedule
The Divine Office is celebrated solemnly each day of the Summer School
according to the monastic rite.
[Although it does not form part of the summer school programme,
participants may participate in the Office of Matins 
with the monks at 03h30 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
free time
Vespers: 18h00
Aperitif & social time/Evening discussion: 18h30
Compline: 19h30 

vendredi 27 décembre 2019

Seventh International Sacra Liturgia Summer School: 25 July - 7 August 2020

We are pleased to announce the dates for the Seventh International Sacra Liturgia Summer School, to be hosted by the Monastère Saint-Benoît in the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, Provence, France, from 25 July - 7 August 2020. 

As in previous years the Summer School will include practical training in ceremonies and chant, pilgrimages to local shrines and lectures of interest. Afternoons are free for exploring the region. On the penultimate day of the Summer School the Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon will sing Pontifical Mass at the Throne for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.


Save the dates! Further details, including registration details, will be announced by the end of January 2020 on this site and on the Sacra Liturgia Facebook page. 

lundi 24 juin 2019

Summer School (3-16 August) Presentations

In addition to the practical formation, the Sacra Liturgia Summer School (3-16 August 2019) will be augmented by four presentations:
His Excellency, Archbishop Thomas Gullickson:"Moving Forward – My Plea for Full Liturgical Restoration". His Excellency will address the participants following the celebration of Pontifical Vespers of the Transfiguration on August 6th.

Dr Jonas Vilimas will speak on his recently published critical edition of the “Liber continens gradualia cum antiphonis et quibusdam responsoriis ac prosis” (“A book containing graduals with antiphons and some responsories and proses”), which is kept in the library of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Dr Vilimas’ publication consists of a scholarly study analysing the manuscript, with illustrations and musical examples, a commentary, a bibliography; a genre and alphabetical index of the chants in the book. This detailed publication is concluded with the colour facsimile of the whole manuscript.
Participants in the Summer School will be able to order copies at a preferential rate.

Brother Ælred of the MonastèreSaint-Benoît will give two presentations:
1. Embellishment & Exegesis: An Introduction to Tropes
Mediæval man's love for liturgy, coupled with his genius for exegesis, blossomed in the copious grafting of musical embellishments to liturgical texts. Variously dubbed tropi, versus, laudes, prosae, prosulae, or verba, they almost entirely disappeared in the wake of the Council of Trent. This presentation will re-examine some of these forgotten tropes, which can afford us a taste of the fruits of mediæval liturgical contemplation.
2. The Quest for Authentic Gregorian Chant
Papal approbation of the results of decades of musical-paleographic research by the monks of Solesmes famously led to the publication of the Roman Gradual and Antiphonal, both hailed as a veritable restoration of authentic Gregorian chant, too long been marred by substandard editions and decadent interpretation. But later research revealed that these editions themselves left much to be desired, and Sacrosanctum concilium called for the preparation of more critical editions of liturgical music, an appeal that has not been entirely heeded. This presentation will examine the reasons behind the Council Fathers' call, and the difficulties that have hitherto prevented its fulfilment.
The daily programme for the Summer School will be released in mid-July. Further details and registration are available here.

lundi 28 janvier 2019

Sixth International Sacra Liturgia Summer School: 3-16 August 2019

Sixth International

Sacra Liturgia Summer School

La Garde-Freinet

(Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)

83680, France

3 - 16 August 2019

An English-language liturgical summer school following on from the international Sacra Liturgia conferences in Rome, New York, London and Milan and the 2014-2018 summer schools organised by the Monastère Saint-Benoît of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France.

Participants in the 2018 Summer School
following Pontifical Mass at the throne with Bishop Rey
at the Royal Basilica of St Mary Magdalene
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 be formed in the Sacred Liturgy and to participate in liturgical celebrations according to the usus antiquior of the Roman rite.



The programme 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 on the afternoon of Thursday, August 8th, and a pilgrimage to the chapel housing the relics of St Roseline of Villeneuve (†1329) on the morning of Tuesday, August 13thA visit to the ancient Cistercian Abbey of Le Thoronet is also possible.


Archbishop Gullickson celebrating pontifical Vespers at the 2014 Summer School.
This year we are delighted to welcome back His Excellency, Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland and Leichtenstein, who will celebrate pontifical Mass and Vespers for the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6th) and give an address "Moving Forward - My Plea for Full Liturgical Restoration". In addition, the Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, Msgr Dominique Rey, will be present at Solemn Vespers on Sunday, August 11th and will join the delegates for supper afterwards.


Solemn Mass in the Chapel of Saint Rosealine of Villeneuve
during the 2018 Summer School
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 taking place in the evenings after vespers. Afternoons are free for relaxation and exploring the region.

A village scene during the 2017 Summer School
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, particularly students and seminarians, who need to share accommodation or transport. 

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

Tuesday, 6th August, Pontifical Mass and Vespers at the Faldstool celebrated by His Excellency, Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, Apostolic Nuncio to Switzerland and Leichtenstein. Address by Archbishop Gullickson: "Moving Forward - My Plea for Full Liturgical Restoration".

Thursday, 8th August, 15h00: 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.

Monday, 12th August, Solemn Requiem Mass at 09h00.

Tuesday, 13th August, 11h00: 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 historic Abbey of Le Thoronet is possible in the afternoon.

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.
The Divine Office celebrated solemnly
forms an integral part of each day of the Summer School.
Normal Daily Schedule

[Although it does not form part of the summer school programme,
participants may participate in the Office of Matins 

with the monks at 03h30 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
free time
Vespers: 18h00
Aperitif & social time/Evening discussion: 18h30
Compline: 19h30 

dimanche 20 janvier 2019

Sacra Liturgia Toronto 2019


With much regret we have to announce the cancellation of Sacra Liturgia Toronto scheduled for June 2019. This is due to organisational difficulties on the part of the venue booked some time ago and due to a lack of sufficient benefactions to make a conference viable.

We hope that the cancellation of the conference before the scheduled opening of registrations will minimise any inconvenience caused, for which we apologise.

Sacra Liturgia wishes to take this opportunity once again to thank His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, for his encouragement and welcome throughout the past year.

Details of a future Sacra Liturgia conference in North America will be announced in due course.

The annual International Sacra Liturgia Summer School in Provence, France, will be held as usual this year from 3-16 August. Further details and registration will be available by the end of January.

mardi 17 juillet 2018

Summer School Liturgical Programme - 27 July - 8 August

The full liturgical programme for the Fifth International Sacra Liturgia Summer School has now been published and may be viewed and downloaded on line here. All liturgical events are open to the public.

Further information on the Summer School may be found here. Late registration and day participation is possible.

samedi 16 juin 2018

Special offer on Sacra Liturgia New York and London Proceedings


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This offer is valid globally, and includes print and eBooks. It expires 30th September 2018.