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samedi 17 juin 2017

Sacra Liturgia Milan: Concluding Remarks

We have reached the end of our four days of Sacra Liturgia Milan. I congratulate you on your perseverance!


In these days we have been blessed to be able to celebrate the Sacred Liturgy according to the great and rich tradition of the Ambrosian rite. We have been privileged by the presence of holy men and to learn from great scholars. We have made new friends and have shared our concerns and our hopes for the liturgical renewal that the Church of our day so desperately needs.

My brothers and sisters, the graces given to us in these days have been given to us by the Providence of Almighty God for a definite reason. Perhaps we do not ourselves yet know how God wishes us to use all that he has given us. But he has brought us together here for His purposes, which, if we remain faithful to Him, He will reveal to us through our lives and ministry, each of us according to our different vocations.

Perhaps there is one thing that each of us can do: that is, to accept and repeat the call of His Eminence, Cardinal Sarah, to reflect deeply on the value of receiving the Blessed Eucharist in Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue—in our catechesis of children, in our formation of young people and of seminarians and religious, and in our own personal practice. ....

We have held Sacra Liturgia Conferences in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. At this time there is no definite plan for a Sacra Liturgia Conference in 2018, but some proposals are being examined for future years. We welcome proposals from people, especially from bishops and people who wish to wish to do a lot of hard work in organising a conference .

This afternoon our conference will conclude at the Metropolitan cathedral with solemn vespers, exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and with the singing of the Te Deum. I must leave earlier for an engagement in Toulon and I ask you to excuse my absence: Dom Alcuin will represent me there.

There is much for which to give thanks and praise at vespers this evening. Sometimes the liturgical apostolate is hard: there are many challenges. But as you sing the Te Deum be thankful for all that we have been given in these days. And after the Te Deum, at the altar of Blessed Ildefonso Schuster, where this conference will conclude, beg his intercession. Ask this holy monk, archbishop and cardinal to obtain for us the graces necessary to be zealous and faithful apostles of the Sacred Liturgy.

I thank you for your presence at Sacra Liturgia Milan.

May God bless you all.


+Dominique Rey
Bishop of Frejus-Toulon

vendredi 16 juin 2017

Photographs from Sacra Liturgia Milan

Photograph albums from Sacra Liturgia Milan may be found through the links below. Photographs of greetings following addresses or during coffee breaks are included in the album of photos of the preceding address.


Permission is granted for their use on condition of the acknowledgement that photographs are copyright © Sacra Liturgia.

June 6: Sung Mass in the Ambrosian rite (usus antiquior) in the presence of H.E. Robert Cardinal Sarah, church of S. Maria della Consolazione: 

June 6: Opening Vespers in the Ambrosian Rite (usus antiquior) in the presence of H.E. Robert Cardinal Sarah, Baslica of St Ambrose:

June 6: Message of H.E. Angelo Cardinal Scola, Opening remarks by Bishop Dominique Rey and Innaugural Address by H.E. Robert Cardinal Sarah: 

June 7: Address by Fr. Michael Lang: 

June 7: Address by Dom Alcuin Reid: 

June 7: Address by Prof. Jennifer Donelson:

June 7: Addresses by Prof Cesare Alzati & Msgr Ennio Apeciti:

June 7: Missa Solemnis in the Ambrosian rite (usus antiquior) in the presence of H.E. Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, church of S. Alessandro in Zebedia:

June 8: Address by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke: 

June 8: Addresses by Msgrs Marco Navoni, Claudio Magnoli and Fr. Vincenzo Nuara OP

June 8: Cultural visits to the Metroplolitan Cathedral and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana:

June 8: Votive Pontifical Mass of St Ambrose in Ambrosian rite (usus recentior):

June 9: Missa cantata in the Roman rite (usus antiquior) Chapel S. Francesco, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart 

June 9: Addresses of Abbot Christopher Zielinski and Msgr Timothy Verdon. Closing remarks: 

June 9: Closing Vespers in the Ambrosian rite (usus recentior) Te Deum & statio at the altar of Bl. Ildefonso Schuster, Metropolitan Cathedral (Duomo):

Videos of the liturgical celebrations may be accesses through this post: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2017/06/videos-of-ambrosian-rite-at-sacra.html#.WUS4kdR969I 

jeudi 1 juin 2017

Liturgical Celebrations at Sacra Liturgia Milan - celebrazioni liturgiche al Convegno "Sacra Liturgia - Milano"

We are pleased to announce further details of the liturgical celebrations at Sacra Liturgia Milan and of two other liturgies to which conference delegates have been invited.
Siamo lieti di annunciare ulteriori dettagli sulle celebrazioni liturgiche al Convegno "Sacra Liturgia - Milano" e due ulteriori funzioni alle quali i delegati sono stati invitati.
The Church of S. Alessandro in Zebedia
On Tuesday, June 6th, the traditional Ambrosian rite community in Milan will host the conference delegates at 11.30 at the Church of Santa Maria della Consolazione (Largo Cairoli, Metro 1: Cairoli) for a Mass in the Ambrosian rite (usus antiquior), of the Tuesday of Octave of Pentecost. Bishop Dominique Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon (France) and President of Sacra Liturgia, His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and Archbishop Alberto Sanguinetti Montero, Archbishop of Canelones (Uruguay), will present at the Mass.
Martedì 6 Giugno il Gruppo Stabile di Milano sarà lieto di accogliere alle ore 11,30 i delegati del Convegno presso la chiesa di Santa Maria della Consolazione (Largo Cairoli, 1 MM Cairoli) per la Messa in rito ambrosiano (usus antiquior) del martedì nell'ottava di Pentecoste. Alla Messa presenzieranno S. E. Mons. Dominique Rey, Vescovo di Fréjus-Toulon (Francia) e Presidente di Sacra Liturgia, S. Em.za il Card. Robert Sarah, Prefetto della Congregazione per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti e S.E. Mons. Alberto Sanguinetti Montero, Arcivescovo di Canelones (Uruguay).
On the same day, His Eminence will assist pontifically at the Solemn Vespers for the opening of the conference in the Ambrosian rite (usus antiquior) at 4:00 pm in the Basilica of Saint Ambrose, celebrated by Msgr. Claudio Magnoli, Canon of the Metropolitan Cathedral and consultant to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
Lo stesso giorno, S. Em.za assisterà pontificalmente ai Vesperi Solenni di apertura del Convegno in rito ambrosiano (usus antiquior) celebrati alle ore 16,00 nella Perinsigne Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio da Mons. Claudio Magnoli, Canonico della Cattedrale Metropolitana e consultore della Congregazione per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti.
On Wednesday, June 7, at 6:30 pm at the Church of S. Alessandro in Zebedia, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke will assist pontifically at the Solemn Mass in the Ambrosian rite (usus antiquior) celebrated by Msgr Luigi Manganini, Archpriest Emeritus of the Metropolitan Chapter. Cardinal Sarah will also be present at the Mass.
Mercoledì 7 Giugno, alle ore 18,30 presso la chiesa di S. Alessandro in Zebedia, S. Em.za il Card. Raymond Leo Burke assisterà pontificalmente alla Messa Solenne in rito ambrosiano (usus antiquior) celebrata da Mons. Luigi Manganini, Arciperte Emerito del Capitolo Metropolitano. Alla funzione sarà presente anche S. Em.za il Card. Sarah.
On Thursday June 8 at 7:30 pm at the Basilica of St. Ambrose, Bishop Erminio De Scalzi, Abbot and Parish Priest, will celebrate a pontifical votive Mass of the Saints, whose relics are preserved in the Ambrosian Basilica (usus recentior).
Giovedì 8 Giugno alle ore 19,30 presso la Perinsigne Basilica di S.Ambrogio, S. Ecc.za Mons. Erminio De Scalzi, Abate Parroco, celebrerà la S. Messa Pontificale Votiva dei Santi le cui reliquie si conservano nella Basilica in rito ambrosiano (usus recentior).
On Friday, June 9 at 8 am, conference delegates are invited by a group of students to the Holy Mass in the Roman rite (usus antiquior) celebrated at the Chapel of St. Francis of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.
Venerdì 9 Giugno alle ore 8,00 i delegati sono invitati dal gruppo di studenti organizzatori della Messa Tradizionale in Università Cattolica alla S. Messa nella forma extraordinaria del Rito Romano celebrata presso la Cappella San Francesco dell'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
The convention will close with Solemn Vespers in the Ambrosian rite (usus recentior), Te Deum, Benediction and a statio at the altar of Blessed Ildefonso Schuster, celebrated at the Metropolitan Cathedral at 4 pm by Msgr Gianantonio Borgonovo, Archpriest of the Metropolitan Chapter.
Il convegno si chiuderà alle ore 16,00 con i Vespri Solenni in rito ambrosiano (usus recentior), Te Deum, Benedizione e statio all’altare del Beato Ildefonso Schuster, celebrati presso la Cattedrale Metropolitana da Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo, Arciprete del Capitolo Metropolitano.
Amongst the prelates present at the conference liturgies will be Bishop. Dominique Rey, bishop Fréjus-Toulon (Francia) e Archbishop Maria Sanguinetti Montero, Bishop of Canelones (Uruguay).
Fra i prelati presenti alle liturgie del Convegno vi saranno S. Ecc.za Mons. Dominique Rey, Vescovo di Fréjus-Toulon (Francia) e S. Ecc.za Mons. Alberto Francesco Maria Sanguinetti Montero, Vescovo di Canelones (Uruguay).
The liturgical celebrations are open to the public, however only registered conference delegates can be guaranteed a copy of the booklets prepared for the conference liturgies.
Le celebrazioni liturgiche sono aperte al pubblico, tuttavia solo i delegati registrati potranno garantirsi una copia del libretto preparato per le liturgie del Convegno.
For further information and registration see: http://www.milan-sacraliturgia.com/
Per ulteriori informazioni e iscrizioni: http://www.milan-sacraliturgia.com/


lundi 22 mai 2017

Sacra Liturgia Milan - Registration Update - Iscrizioni: aggiornamento


In two weeks delegates from over eighteen different countries from around the world will gather in Milan for the fourth international Sacra Liturgia Conference, which opens on Tuesday, June 6th with solemn vespers in the Basilica of Saint Ambrose followed by the inaugural address by Robert Cardinal Sarah at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. Three days of academic presentations and liturgical celebrations will follow, culminating with the concluding vespers and Benediction in the Metropolitan Cathedral on the afternoon of Friday, June 9th. Further details and the conference are available on the conference website.

Fra due settimane delegati di oltre diciotto differenti paesi di tutto il mondo giungeranno a Milano per la quarta edizione del convegno internazionale "Sacra Liturgia", che inizierà martedì 6 giugno con i vespri solenni nella Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, seguiti dall'indirizzo di saluto del Cardinale Robert Sarah presso l'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Nei tre giorni successivi relazioni accademiche e celebrazioni liturgiche si susseguiranno, fino ad arrivare ai Vesperi in Duomo nel pomeriggio di venerdì 9 giugno. Ulteriori dettagli e i titoli delle relazioni sono disponibili sul sito del convegno.

Registrations remain open for both full and part-time delegates, though we advice registering as soon as possible, particularly for the inaugural address by Cardinal Sarah and for the address of Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. Whilst registration will be possible at the conference itself if places remain, because of the high demand for some sessions, particularly for the inaugural address, we ask all to register in advance on line here.

Rimangono aperte sia le iscrizioni a tempo pieno sia quelle a tempo parziale; consigliamo di registrarsi al più presto, specialmente per la sessione con l'indirizzo di saluto del Cardinal Sarah e per quella con l'intervento del Cardinal Burke.
Con l'iscrizione sarà possibile garantirsi un posto fra quelli ancora disponibili, che risultano in rapido esaurimento per via dell'alta richiesta. Chiediamo pertanto a tutti coloro che desiderassero perfezionare la propriaiscrizione di farlo in anticipo al link.

mardi 2 mai 2017

Programme for Sacra Liturgia Milan Published and Part Time Registrations Open

Siamo lieti di annunciare la pubblicazione del programma di Sacra Liturgia, Milano 6-9 giugno 2017, sul sito del convegno.

We are pleased to announce the publication of the programme for Sacra Liturgia Milano 6-9 June 2017 on the conference website.


Il programma include un'ulteriore celebrazioni in cui Sacra Liturgia è coinvolta ed invitata. Il gruppo stabile che celebra la forma extraordinaria del Rito Ambrosiano invita i partecipanti di Sacra Liturgia che saranno presenti a Milano per il convegno ad unirsi a loro per la Messa Cantata presso la bellissima chiesa di Santa Maria della Consolazione al Castello martedì 6 giugno alle ore 11:30.

The programme includes one further liturgical celebration to which Sacra Liturgia has been invited. The community who celebrate the older form of the Ambrosian rite have invited the participants of Sacra Liturgia Milan who will be present in Milan before the conference to join them for a Missa Cantata in their beautiful church of S. Maria della Consolazione al Castello on Tuesday, 6th June at 11h30.

Sacra Liturgia è molto grata per l'invito e l'ospitalità.

Sacra Liturgia is profoundly grateful for their gracious invitation and hospitality.

Le iscrizioni per la sessione inaugurale di martedì 6 giugno, con l'intervento di Sua Eminenza il Cardinale Robert Sarah, così come per gli altri singoli giorni del convegno, sono ora aperte sul sito di Sacra Liturgia.

Part time registrations for the inaugural session on the afternoon of June 6th, featuring the keynote address of His Eminence, Robert Cardinal Sarah, as well as for individual days of the conference, are now open on the conference website.

Le iscrizioni a tempo pieno sono tuttora aperte. E' necessario che chi intende procedere con la registrazione a tempo pieno lo faccia al più presto, per evitare il "tutto esaurito".

Full-time registrations remain open at this time. We urge those who wish to register full time to do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment if some sessions are fully booked.

Tutte le funzioni liturgiche sono aperte al pubblico. I posti a sedere sono riservati agli iscritti. I libretti contenenti i testi liturgici in latino con le trascrizioni in italiano ed in inglese saranno distribuiti soltanto agli iscritti.


All conference liturgies are open to the public. Seating will be reserved for registered delegates. Booklets containing the liturgical texts in Latin with translations in Italian and English will be distributed to registered delegates only.

lundi 10 avril 2017

Registration Update / Aggiornamento Iscrizioni

From registrations to date participants for Sacra Liturgia Milan, 6-9 June, will come from more than 12 different countries across the globe for four days of liturgical celebrations, formation and interaction with other delegates as well as to experience the venerable Ambrosian rite and savour Milan’s rich cultural heritage. Sacra Liturgia Milan promises to be an important event in facilitating the ongoing authentic renewal of the liturgy at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

In base alle iscrizioni sino ad ora effettuate, i partecipanti al Convegno "Sacra Liturgia" Milano 6-9 Giugno giungeranno da più di 12 differenti paesi del mondo per quattro giorni di funzioni liturgiche, formazione e scambio di opinioni con altri delegati; a tutti sarà inoltre possibile fare esperienza del venerabile rito ambrosiano e sperimentare il ricco patrimonio culturale di Milano. Il Convegno "Sacra Liturgia" si appresta ad essere un momento cruciale per la promozione dell'autentico rinnovamento liturgico all'inizio del XXI secolo.

Details of the conference may be found here: www.milan-sacraliturgia.com The full programme, including the times of interventions and the location and times of all liturgical celebrations, will be published by May 1st when part-time registrations will open on the conference website.

Ogni dettaglio sul Convegno è qui reperibile: www.milan-sacraliturgia.com Il programma completo, inclusi gli orari degli interventi e i luoghi e gli orari delle celebrazioni liturgiche saranno pubblicati il 1° Maggio, quando si apriranno anche le iscrizioni a tempo parziale.

We strongly advise full-time delegates to complete their registrations as soon as possible and certainly before the end of the month of April. Once part-time registrations open we expect a large number of bookings, particularly for the opening address by His Eminence, Cardinal Sarah, and for the address by His Eminence, Cardinal Burke. Once the available places are sold out we cannot guarantee further tickets.


Consigliamo caldamente i partecipanti a tempo pieno di completare le loro iscrizioni al più presto possibile e comunque entro il mese di Aprile. Una volta che si apriranno le iscrizioni a tempo parziale, ci attendiamo un grande numero di prenotazioni, in particolare per il discorso inaugurale di Sua Em.za il Card. Sarah, e per l'intervento di Sua Em.za il Card. Burke. Una volta terminati i posti disponibili, non ci sarà più possibile garantire altri biglietti.


vendredi 3 mars 2017

Sacra Liturgia Milano - le funzioni liturgiche - the liturgical celebrations

An essential element of every Sacra Liturgia Conference is its liturgical celebrations. In Rome, New York and London solemn vespers and pontifical Mass have been celebrated according to the older and newer forms of the Roman rite with as much beauty and dignity as we have been able.

Un elemento essenziale di ogni Convegno “Sacra Liturgia” sono le funzioni liturgiche ad esso collegate. A Roma, New York e Londra Vesperi Solenni e Messe Pontificali sono stati celebrati secondo le forme antiche e nuove del Rito Romano con il più alto grado possibile di splendore e dignità.


For Sacra Liturgia, Milan (6-9 June) all the liturgical celebrations will be in the Ambrosian rite. The conference will open with a celebration of pontifical vespers in the Basilica of Saint Ambrose (which Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, Archbishop Emeritus of Milan, has graciously accepted to celebrate).


In occasione di “Sacra Liturgia – Milano” (6-9 Giugno 2017) tutte le funzioni saranno celebrate in Rito Ambrosiano. Il Convegno si aprirà con la celebrazione dei Vespri Pontificali presso la Perinsigne Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio (che ha gentilmente acconsentito a celebrare S.Em. il Card. Dionigi Tettamanzi, Arcivescovo Emerito di Milano).

There will be a celebration of solemn Mass in the older form of the Ambrosian rite in the presence of various prelates on the first day of the conference (the venue is yet to be confirmed) and a celebration of pontifical Mass in the modern form of the Ambrosian rite on the third day (Bishop Erminio De Scalzi, Abbot of Sant’Ambrogio will celebrate).

Verrà poi celebrata una Messa Solenne nella forma tradizionale del Rito Ambrosiano in presenza di vari Prelati in una importante chiesa del centro (i dettagli sono ancora in fase di definizione); verrà inoltre celebrata una Messa Pontificale nella nuova forma del Rito Ambrosiano nel corso della terza giornata del Convegno (Celebrante S.E. Mons. Erminio De Scalzi, Abate Mitrato della Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio).

On the afternoon of the final day the conference will conclude by a celebration of solemn vespers and exposition and benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the Metropolitan Cathedral (the Duomo) by the Archpriest, Monsignor Gianantonio Borgonovo. Following vespers and benediction there will be a station at the tomb of Blessed Ildephonse Schuster OSB, the renowned liturgist and Archbishop of Milan from 1929-1954.

Nel pomeriggio dell’ultimo giorno il convegno si concluderà con la celebrazione dei Vespri Solenni con Benedizione del Santissimo Sacramento nella Cattedrale Metropolitana (il Duomo) da parte dell’Arciprete del Capitolo Metropolitano Mons. Gianantonio Borgonovo. Dopo la celebrazione dei Vespri con Benedizione avrà luogo la stazione alla tomba del Beato Ildefonso Schuster O.S.B., il celebre liturgista che fu Arcivescovo di Milano dal 1929 al 1954.

In addition to these four conference liturgies, this year there will be a sung Mass in the older form of the Ambrosian rite before the formal opening of the conference itself in the late morning of Tuesday, June 6th, for those delegates who have already arrived in Milan and who wish to attend Holy Mass, at the church of Santa Maria della Consolazione, which is the centrally located and very beautiful church designated for the celebration of the traditional Ambrosian rite. It is expected that this Mass will also be attended by some of the prelates who will be present at the conference.

Oltre a queste quattro conferenze, quest’anno sarà celebrata una Messa Cantata nella forma tradizionale del Rito Ambrosiano prima dell’inizio del Convegno, nella tarda mattinata di martedì 6 Giugno, per quanti saranno già arrivati a Milano e vorranno parteciparvi, presso la chiesa di Santa Maria della Consolazione, bellissimo edificio sacro situato nel pieno centro della città e indicato dall’Arcivescovo come sede delle Messe nella forma tradizionale del Rito Ambrosiano. Alla sacra funzione parteciperanno anche alcuni dei prelati che presenzieranno al Convegno.

Full details will be released with on the conference website when the conference progamme is published after Easter.

Tutti gli ulteriori dettagli verranno resi noti tramite il sito del Convegno quando, dopo Pasqua, il programma definitivo verrà reso pubblico.

All of the conference liturgies will be open to the public, though seating will be reserved for conference delegates. Registered delegates will receive booklets for each liturgical celebration containing the liturgical texts and translations into Italian and English.

Tutte le funzioni liturgiche che accompagnano il Convegno saranno aperte al pubblico, anche se i posti a sedere saranno riservati ai delegati. I delegati registrati riceveranno inoltre il libretto di ciascuna funzione contenente i testi liturgici e le traduzioni in lingua italiana ed inglese.

Sacra Liturgia wishes to thank the various ecclesiastical authorities in Milan for their generous and kind assistance and cooperation in enabling the worthy celebration of the Sacred Liturgy at Sacra Liturgia Milan 2017.

“Sacra Liturgia” desidera ringraziare le Autorità Ecclesiastiche dell’Arcidiocesi di Milano per la loro cortese e fattiva collaborazione nel rendere possibile la degna celebrazione delle Sacre Funzioni di Sacra Liturgia – Milano 2017.




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.