Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Sacra Liturgia Summer School, 5-20 July 2014: Updated Program

The website of Sacra Liturgia ( has posted an updated program for the Summer School to be held in La Garde-Freinet in the south of France (Provence) from July 5th to the 20th. The full details, including the link to the registration form, information about transport, etc., are available at the website, but here is the basic program of events:

A two week (three Sunday) English-language liturgical summer school following on from the international conference Sacra Liturgia 2013, organised by the Monastère Saint-Benoît of the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France, in association with the Ad Fontes Institute of Lithuania, 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 celebrated by Mgr Dominique Rey, the Bishop of of Fréjus-Toulon, and in pilgrimages and visits to historic sites, including the Royal Basilica and relics of St Mary Magdalen at St Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume, the chapel and relics of St Roseline of Villeneuve (†1329), and the ancient Cistercian Abbey of Le Thoronet, as well as in practical and academic liturgical formation. Training in Gregorian chant will be available for participants (including beginners) by tutors led by Adrija Čepaitė, the conductor of the womens' vocal ensemble Graces and Voices.

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 Provençal market, shops and restaurants. English is widely spoken in the village. Participants will arrange their own accommodation and meals and transport.

Academic Lectures: The lectures listed below are those confirmed to date. Other lectures and lecturers will be added in due course.
Liturgical Theology (2 lectures) - Father Gabriel Diaz Patri
The Twentieth Century Liturgical Movement - Dom Alcuin Reid
After Sacrosanctum Concilium: Continuity or Rupture? - Dom Alcuin Reid
Pastoral Liturgy Revisited - Dom Alcuin Reid
The Usus Antiquior: Its History and Importance in the Church after the Second Vatican Council - Dom Alcuin Reid

Practical training options:
Low Mass practice (for clergy and seminarians)
The Sacred Ministers at Solemn Mass including chants (for clergy and seminarians)
Sung Mass (missa cantata) including chants (for clergy and seminarians)
Serving low, sung and solemn Mass (men and boys)
The chant of the Mass and Office (any participants - beginners, intermediate & advanced)
Reading course in the 20th century liturgical movement (any participants)

Daily Schedule:
This schedule will change on days of pilgrimage and on July 11th & 18th. All liturgical celebrations will take place in the parish church and are open to the public. The lectures, training and evening presentations are open to registered participants.
The high altar of the chapel

Lauds: 6:00 a.m. (followed by private Masses)
Prime: 7:00 a.m.
Confessions: 8:30 a.m.
Terce: 8:45 a.m.
Sung Mass: 9:00 a.m.
Academic lecture: 10:15 a.m.
Break: 11:15 a.m.
Practical training: Chant/Ceremonies: 11:30 a.m.
Sext: 12:45 p.m.
None: 2:00 p.m.
Reading course discussion: 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Vespers: 6:00
Evening presentation and panel discussion & aperitif:  6:30-8:00 p.m.
Compline 8:00 p.m.
Latin-English texts of the Divine Office, including the musical notation, will be supplied for registered participants.

Summer School Programme:
- Sat 5 July: Registration from 3:00 p.m. (registration is possible on other days, as people arrive)
Solemn Vespers 6:00 p.m., followed by aperitif
- Sun 6 July: Normal schedule (without lecture or training sessions) Including Solemn Mass 9:00 a.m. & Solemn Vespers & Benediction 6:00 p.m. followed by aperitif.
- Mon 7 July: Normal schedule
- Tue 8 July: Normal schedule
- Wed 9 July: Normal Horarium (9:00 a.m. Solemn requiem Mass)
- Thu 10 July: Normal schedule
- Fri 11 July: No lecture or training sessions (preparation for solemn Mass) Solemn Mass of St Benedict 11:00 a.m.
The chapel of Notre-Dame de Miremer (near La Garde-Freinet- photo © Lainie Wrightson)

- Sat 12 July: No lecture or training sessions. Solemn Mass 11:00 a.m. – Chapelle N.D. de Miremer, followed by a picnic.
- Sun 13 July: Normal schedule (without lecture or training sessions) Including Solemn Mass 9:00 a.m. & Solemn Vespers & Benediction 6:00 p.m. followed by aperitif.
- 14 July: Normal schedule
The choir altar at St Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, where Solemn Mass will be celebrated.

- Tue 15 July: No lecture or training sessions. Solemn Mass 11:00 – Basilica of St Mary Magdalen, St Maximin; afternoon visit to the cave of St Mary Magdalene at La Sainte-Baume
- Wed 16 July: Normal schedule
- Thu 17 July: Schedule as normal up to and including 9:00 a.m. sung Mass No lecture or training sessions Visit to the Abbey of Le Thoronet & Pilgrimage to St Roseline of Villeneuve (†1329).
The incorrupt body of St Roseline
- Fri 18 July: No 09:00 Mass Lecture & training sessions as normal; Solemn Pontifical Mass 6:00 p.m. (Votive Mass of the Holy Cross) Celebrated by Mgr Dominique Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon.
H.E. Bishop Dominique Rey

- Sat 19 July: Normal schedule
- Sun 20 July: Normal schedule (without lecture or training sessions) Including Solemn Mass 9:00 a.m. & Solemn Vespers & Benediction 6:00 p.m. followed by aperitif.

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