Sunday, July 27, 2008

Beginning Tomorrow, Oxford will be the Site of the Most Thorough Usus Antiquior Training Session to Date

Oxford's Merton College will, starting tomorrow, be the site of a five day long series of sessions, conferences and liturgies sponsored by the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, set forth for the purpose of providing training to those priests and seminarians interested in learning to celebrate the usus antiquior.

Having experienced this venue in the context of a CIEL conference, one can be certain that the participants are in for a treat, and so too will NLM readers for our own Br. Lawrence Lew will be on scene providing some coverage for the NLM of this event. We will provide you with news, reports and images as soon as we can.

This is the 2nd such conference sponsored at this venue by the Latin Mass Society, with last's year's conference covered by the NLM's Dr. Joseph Shaw: 'Faux bourdon' chant and Pontifical High Mass at the Oxford conference

NLM contributor Philippe Guy is also involved in these events as part of the "travelling French schola" who have gained so much renown on Catholic blogs for their "faux bourdon" music. They will be present again this year.

This conference, building upon experience from last year's session, will provide two training streams, one for neophytes and one for those with more intermediate knowledge, importantly also providing training not only in the Low Mass, but also the Sung Mass, all of the traditional sacraments, Vespers and Benediction. There will further be lectures in Traditional spirituality and the usus antiquior.

The 5 days includes daily Mass, Lauds and Vespers, and there will be an opportunity for all priests to offer their private Masses in the Traditional Rite with a priest ‘guide’.

To date, this is the most significant and thorough of the usus antiquior training opportunities that have been provided.

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