Monday, January 10, 2011

Cathedral of St. John Berchmans Hosts "In Utroque Usu" Conference

Many thanks to the Liturgical Pimpernel for pointing this one out.

The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in the Diocese of Shreveport is hosting a liturgical conference from January 31st to Feburary 3rd for priests in that region, In Utroque Usu: The Pursuit of the Two Forms of the Roman Liturgy.

In a humble effort to deepen priestly devotion to the Sacred Liturgy, you as a priest of the region are invited to be formed by the liturgy in an environment of prayer, study, and warm hospitality. During these series of days, we hope to inaugurate locally what is found in Presbyterium Ordinis #5: "Let priests take care so to foster a knowledge of and facility in the liturgy, that by their own liturgical ministry Christian communities entrusted to their care may ever more perfectly give praise to God, the Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit."

Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, the Executive Director of ICEL, is slated as the keynote speaker for this conference, and the conference itinerary also notes that Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB, of the Monastery of Norcia will be the celebrant of a Solemn Mass -- with two Cathedral rectors acting as deacon and subdeacon respectively.

The Divine Office will also form a part of the conference horarium.

Amongst some of the topics for the conference:

● Mutual Enrichment
● Hermeneutic of Continuity - Reform of the Reform - Noble Simplicity
● Ars Celebrandi
● A comprehensive introduction to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and its liturgical principles
● An overview of the 1962 Roman Missal and liturgical calendar
● Tips and strategies for gaining proficiency in Latin
● An introduction to Sung Mass and Gregorian Chant
● Hands-on instruction and training in the ceremonies of Sung (and Solemn) Mass
● Overview and practice in the chants of the Sung Mass

A very interesting conference with some very good topics and initiatives.

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