Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ars Celebrandi Worshops to be Held Again in Poland

We reported last September on the Ars Celebrandi workshops held in August 2014 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń, the largest Marian shrine in Poland, with the blessing of Bishop Wieslaw Mering of Wloclawek. A second series begins this coming Sunday; we are pleased to share the official press release with our readers.

Ars Celebrandi – the biggest traditional liturgy workshops in Eastern Europe
From August 16-23, 2015, at the Shrine of the Virgin Mary in Licheń, Poland, will be held offered the second series of the Ars Celebrandi Liturgy Workshops, for the number of participants the largest such gathering workshops in Eastern Europe. One-hundred and eighty people from Poland and abroad are already registered, including 40 priests. His Excellence Bishop Athanasius Schneider will celebrate both a Pontifical Holy Mass and Pontifical Vespers; the workshops are being held under the patronage of His Excellency Bishop Wiesław Mering of the Diocese of Wrocław.

As was the case last year, participants will be able to choose from a wide range of practical workshops dedicated to priests, seminarians, servers, musicians, and any one else who cares about the Sacred Liturgy. Highly qualified and experienced leaders will be teaching:
- Celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Mass (read and solemn).
- Serving as acolyte at read, sung and solemn Masses.
- Chorale singing
- Polyphonic singing
- Organ
- Preservation of liturgical vestments.

Among the leaders there are some famous Polish and international church musicians, including Joanna Orzeł, Paweł Bębenek, Marcin Bornus Szczyciński, Robert Pożarski and Robert Hugo from Prague. Practical training will be enhanced by discussions about the liturgical calendar, choir apparel and other topics.

Every day there will be two main Holy Masses celebrated, Solemn and sung, and two in the Dominican Rite, during which the participants will be using their skills gained on the workshops. We will also celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours, Lauds or Vespers and Compline. Apart from the above every priest will be able to celebrate the Holy Mass privately. Workshops going on for a full week offer valuable time for socializing, integration and interchange of experience from different circles of people who care about traditional liturgy, both in Poland and abroad.

Those responsible for the organization are both priests and laymen; Una Voce Polonia is in charge of the all workshops. More information is accessible on our website, where you can also see the photo gallery from last year: You can also find us on Facebook at Ars Celebrandi. For any additional information please e-mail our press department:

Some images from last year’s liturgical celebrations during the Ars Celebrandi workshops: Solemn Vespers, Dominican missa cantata, and a Eucharistic procession.

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