Wednesday, April 13, 2022

A New Reading Class in the Lives of the Saints with Veterum Sapientia Institute

Veterum Sapientia Institute is an organization which seeks to promote knowledge and study of the Latin language in accordance with both the tradition of the Church and its law, as stated in Pope St John XXIII’s Apostolic Constitution. In addition to an introductory Latin class (2nd level), I will be offering a reading class on the Lives of the Saints, focusing in part on how these lives were used in the Divine Office. We will read through passages from various periods in the original Latin version, and comment on their place in the history of this aspect of the liturgy. All VSI classes are online; the reading course will be held on Tuesdays at 7pm Eastern time. VSI is also offering another course of specific liturgical interest, on the Rituale, taught by Fr Dylan Schrader. There will also be a course on Carmina Burana taught by Dr Nancy Llewellyn, whose excellent essay about Veterum Sapientia and its fate after the Council we shared last year). Mr Sean Pilcher will have a course on the sermons of St Leo the Great, and Dr Jeremy Thompson will do an introduction to St Bernard of Clairvaux. I have known most of the staff of VSI for many years, and they are all superbly talented Latinists, very much dedicated to sharing their knowledge and passion with their students. For more information about the courses and how to enroll, visit the VSI website. You can also find more information about all its activities on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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