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mardi 21 juin 2016

Sacra Liturgia UK opens two weeks from today - Registration still possible

Sacra Liturgia UK opens two weeks from today in London, with Solemn Vespers at the Brompton Oratory followed by the opening address by Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, at Imperial College. 

The opening address and all of the presentations will take place in the lecture hall of the Blackett Building of Imperial College on the corner of Queens Gate and Prince Consort Road, with the entrance on Prince Consort Road. 

Some part and full time places remain available. Register here

Because of the high interest in Cardinal Sarah's opening address those wishing to attend are strongly advised to register as soon as possible.

mercredi 4 mai 2016

Registration Update for Sacra Liturgia UK 2016, London, 5-8 July

With only two months to go before Sacra Liturgia UK opens on July 5th we are happy to report that thus far registered participants will be coming to London from over fifteen different countries throughout the world to meet each other and to study and discuss questions of liturgical formation and celebration in the life and mission of the Church today.

Full and part-time registrations remain open, though we advise delegates intending to register for full-time places to do so as soon as possible so as to avoid missing out on some sessions for which there is much interest. Both full and part-time registrations will close when the auditorium capacity is reached.

We are still looking for benefactors to sponsor places for seminarians and religious who wish to attend. Please contact us through the conference website if you are able to help. Thank you to all who have contributed already.

To register or contact us please go to

jeudi 14 avril 2016

Conference Programme Released for Sacra Liturgia UK 2016 & Part-Time Registrations Now Open

We are pleased to announce that the full conference programme for Sacra Liturgia UK, London, 5-9 July 2016 has now been published on the conference website and may be consulted through the link on this page:

Part-time registrations are now open. It is possible to register for the opening afternoon (which includes Cardinal Sarah’s opening address and the concert of sacred music following it) or for any of the three whole days of the conference (there are no half-day or individual presentation registrations). Ordinary and student part-time registrations are possible.

Full-time registrations remain open at this time, but we encourage those wishing to register full-time to do so as soon as possible as space is limited and it is expected that some days will sell out very quickly.

To register follow the instructions on the registration page of the conference website here:

mercredi 10 février 2016

Sacra Liturgia UK 2016 - Registration Update

His Eminence, Cardinal Ranjith, presenting
the keynote address at Sacra Liturgia 2013, Rome.
Those wishing to attend the London, July 5-8 conference full-time are asked to register as soon as possible - before Easter at the latest - so as to ensure their place. Given the interest thus far from delegates coming from approximately 10 countries throughout the world, and given the numbers who have attended the previous Rome and New York conferences, with a capacity of just under 250 in the auditorium at Imperial College we expect the London conference to be full if not oversubscribed.

After Easter, when the conference programme is published, we will open registrations to part-time participants (space permitting). Full-time registrations will remain open only as long as spaces remain. Tickets for the keynote address of Cardinal Sarah on the opening evening are expected to sell out as soon as they are available. Please register here as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

lundi 1 février 2016

Sacra Liturgia Summer School 5-17 August 2016

La Garde-Freinet

(Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)
83680 France

5-17 August 2016

An English-language liturgical summer school following on from the international Sacra Liturgia conferences the successful 2014 & 2015 summer schools organised by the Monastère Saint-Benoît of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France.

Bishop Dominique Rey at I Pontifical Vespers of St Benedict
Summer School 2015
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, including Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Throne for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15 August) celebrated by Bishop Dominique Rey, the Bishop of of Fréjus-Toulon, and pilgrimages and 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), and a visit to the ancient Cistercian Abbey of Le Thoronet (details below).

Solemn Mass at the Chapel of St Roseline of Villeneuve
Summer School 2015
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 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 of this year's summer school has been modified to give more time for practical training in the mornings (approximately 14 hours of tuition), with presentations and discussions (presenters and topics to be announced) taking place in the evenings after vespers.

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 pilgrimages:

Wednesday, 10th August, 18h00: Vespers in the Parish Church of St Michael, Grimaud.

Friday, 12th 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, 13th August, 11h00: Solemn Mass in the Chapel of Saint Rosaline of Villeneuve, Les Arcs, followed by the veneration of the relics and sext. A private visit to the Abbey of Le Thoronet is possible in the afternoon.

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

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Normal Daily Schedule

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 25 janvier 2016

Help seminarians and needy religious brothers and sisters to attend Sacra Liturgia UK 2016

A participant at Sacra Liturgia 2013, Rome
We have been contacted by a number of seminarians and poor religious men and women asking for assistance with their conference registration fee. Are you able to help with paying for a seminarian or religious brother or sister to participate in Sacra Liturgia UK 2016 and thereby to enhance their liturgical formation? If so, please pay the amount for a student registration using the link on the registration pager here and we shall give that place to one who needs it.

Or, if you wish to give an amount that is more or less than the registration fee, simply go to the “Support Us” page and when you reach the Paypal payment page add a special instruction that this donation is for the support of seminarians and religious who wish to participate.

Thank you and God bless you for your generosity and for your investment in the liturgical formation of our future.