Courses Summer 2016

Our courses summer 2016 are based on the licentiate curriculum of the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Rome, taught in English in London in summer and accredited by KU Leuven in Belgium. The following links provide the full course listings at KU Leuven for the:

Research Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion.

St Bede Lecture

The annual St Bede Liturgy Lecture is currently being scheduled for Saturday 9 July 2016.

Course Offerings Summer 2016

Our summer courses are arranged in three blocks of two weeks each. These course descriptions are subject to change. Additional courses may be added.

Block 1: 4 – 15 July 2016 (not 9 or 10 July)

L701 Liturgical Research Seminar (IL certificate course)

L702 Liturgy in the West: History and Context (IL certificate course)

L705 Theology of the Liturgy (IL certificate course)

L716 Liturgy and Ecumenism (IL certificate elective)

Block 2: 18 – 29 July 2016 (not 23 or 24 July)

L703 Western Liturgical Books (IL certificate course)

L713 Christian Initiation (IL certificate elective)

L718 Liturgies of the Early Church (IL certificate elective)

Courses are not held during the week of 1-4 August.

Block 3: 8 – 19 August 2016 (not 13 or 14 August)

L719 Seminar: Liturgies of the Early Church (IL certificate course)

LA611 Intermediate Latin for Liturgists (IL course for Latin qualification)

Syriac – Latin Summer Term

Block 1-2 – not for credit: 4 – 29 July 2016

Syriac is taught over four weeks, for an hour and a half daily on weekdays.

SY411 Syriac for beginners (IL certificate elective)

Block 3 – not for credit: 8 – 12 or 8 – 19 August 2016

Enrol for first week only: 8-12 August 2016
Enrol for both weeks: 8 – 19 August 2016 (not 13 or 14 August)

LA411 Latin First Experience: Beginning Latin (not for credit – no exams)

LA511 Latin Second Experience is a conversational course not currently offered.

LA611 Latin Third Experience: Intermediate Latin (not for credit – no exams)

LA811 Latin Fifth Experience: Reading Cicero’s Letters (not for credit – no exams)

Course Descriptions

General information. Each course runs Monday – Friday for two weeks for a total of ten daily sessions, unless noted. Most course sessions are scheduled for 3 hours including a break.

Block 1: 4 – 15 July 2016

(Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July are free days)


L701 Liturgical Research Seminar     (required for IL certificate)     KU Leuven 4 credits
Prof. Daniel McCarthy OSB

At the end of the course each student will be prepared conduct their own Master’s level research in liturgy with skills in three areas:
1) gathering the essential body of information,
2) interpreting a liturgical event and
3) developing a coherent presentation.
Each student will research and present the history and theology of an agreed upon collect type prayer.

Location: Institutum Liturgicum London, 74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Dates: 4-8 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July are free days)
11-15 July (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 10.00-13.00 (including a break).

A fuller description of the course is available here,
and a link to the course descriptor at KU Leuven here.


L702 Liturgy in the West: History and Context  (required for IL certificate)  KU Leuven 4 credits
Prof. Ephrem Carr OSB

The course aims to provide insight into the origin and developments of the liturgy in the West up to the present day. Students reflect on the different cultural periods of society and how these shape the liturgy of the Catholic Church and how the liturgy in turn influences the culture. Students examine both the historical and liturgical record and the recent debates among Catholic liturgists concerning the past and future development of the Roman Catholic liturgy. The course will proceed by means of a chronological study of the major periods of the liturgy of the Catholic Church in the West and beyond.

Location: Institutum Liturgicum London,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Dates: 4-8 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July are free days)
11-15 July (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 15.00-18.00 (including a break).

A fuller description of the course is available here,
and a link to the course descriptor at KU Leuven here.


L705 Theology of the Liturgy     (required for IL certificate)     KU Leuven 4 credits
Prof. Dr Joris Geldhof

Students
♦  familiarize themselves with the emergence of theology of the liturgy in the course of the 20th century;
♦  understand the content of A. Schmemann’s, A. Kavanagh’s and D.W. Fagerberg’s approach to theology of the liturgy;
♦  can explain the meaning of the adage lex orandi, lex credendi as well as the reasons why it is both important and controversial;
♦  develop a personal and critical standpoint towards the particularity of theology of the liturgy as it is interpreted by Schmemann, Kavanagh, and Fagerberg;
♦  can apply the insights of theology of the liturgy to methodological issues and to questions of a more systematic-theological nature.

Location: Institutum Liturgicum London,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Dates: 4 – 8 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July are free days)
11 – 15 July (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 09.30-12.30 (including a break).

A fuller description of the course is available here,
and a link to the previous course descriptor at KU Leuven is available here.


L716 Liturgy and Ecumenism      (elective for IL certificate)     KU Leuven 4 credits 
Prof. James Leachman OSB with Dr Bridget Nichols

At the end of the course the students will be able to:
♦  Describe a number of examples of growing divisions in the christian community in history with the associated liturgical discontinuities and continuities;
♦  Describe a number of efforts at promoting the reconciliation of christian communities in the official documents of the Catholic church and of another church;
♦  Analyse specific examples of bilateral and multilateral conversations and ecumenical projects such as BEM, ARCIC;
♦  Evaluate ecumenical collaboration today in a particular country or between two churches;
♦  Explain the role of the liturgy in promoting the reconciliation of separated christian communities.

Location: Institutum Liturgicum London,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Dates: 4-8 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July are free days)
11-15 July (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 09.30-12.30 (including a break). 

Block 2: 18 – 29 July 2016

(Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July are free days)


L703 Western Liturgical Books     (required for IL certificate)     KU Leuven 4 credits
Prof. Daniel McCarthy OSB

At the end of the course each participant will be prepared to:
♦  name and describe the characteristics and historical evolution of the principle liturgical books of the West, especially: the sacramentaries, lectionaries, and missals; the ordines, pontificals and rituals; breviaries;
♦  describe the content, historical context and contribution to the developing tradition of the primary books;
♦  use each book’s critical apparatus along with other research instruments;
♦  present one’s own research into these liturgical books.

Location: Institutum Liturgicum London,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Dates: 18 – 22 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July are free days)
25 – 29 July (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 10.00-13.00 (including a break).

A fuller description of the course is available here,
and a link to the course descriptor at KU Leuven is available here.


L713 Christian Initiation     (required for IL certificate)     KU Leuven 4 credits
Prof. James Leachman OSB

At the end of the course each participant will be prepared to:
♦  Describe the origin of christian initiation in New Testament and Jewish prayer;
♦  Present the development of the structure of christian initiation in the first ten centuries;
♦  Trace the developments in the Middle Ages and Catholic Reformation up to 1962;
♦  Detail renewal of christian initiation as mandated by the Second Vatican Council;
♦  Understand the contemporary rites of initiation of the Roman Rite.

Location: Institutum Liturgicum London,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Dates: 18 – 22 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July are free days)
25 – 29 July (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 09.30-12.30 (including a break).

A fuller description of the course is available here.
and a link to the previous course descriptor at KU Leuven is available here.


L718 Liturgies of the Early Church     (IL certificate elective)     KU Leuven 4 credits
Prof. Ephrem Carr OSB

At the end of the course each student will be prepared to describe and explain:
i. a selection of texts of liturgical character from the first christian centuries,
ii. the context, authors and liturgical content of the texts studied,
iii. the theological content and contribution of the texts studied to developing liturgical traditions.

Location: Institutum Liturgicum London,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Dates: 18 – 22 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July are free days)
25 – 29 July (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 15.00-18.00 (including a break).

A fuller description of the course is available here,
and a link to the course descriptor at KU Leuven is not yet available.

Block 3: 8 – 19 August 2016

(Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August are free days)


L719 Seminar: Liturgies of the Early Church   (a seminar for IL certificate)   KU Leuven 4 credits.
Prof. Ephrem Carr OSB

This seminar on liturgies of the early church is a comparative study of selected liturgical documents up to the 6th century. Students will examine a selection of early liturgical texts and trace their origin, authorship and context, examine how they have been proclaimed and interpreted and their influence up to the present. Students are helped to learn from each other by seminar presentations and to edit their own work in the light of others presentations. In this way students refine their research skills and may prepare an article for publication or develop a Masters thesis.

Location: Institutum Liturgicum London,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Dates: 8-12 August (Monday – Friday; Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 August are free days)
15-19 (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 09.30-12.30 (including a break).

A fuller description of the cours is available here.
The descriptor of this course ‘Research Seminar in Liturgical Studies’ at KU Leuven is a general description intended to account for the changing topics offered each year.
A fuller description of the topic considered during summer term 2016 is available here.

Syriac – Latin Summer Term

Block 1-2 – Syriac not for credit: 4 – 29 July 2016


SY411 Syriac for Beginners     (not for credit – no exams)
Ephrem Carr

No knowledge of the language is presumed. At the end of the course each student will be prepared to describe and explain short readings from the Suyriac New Testament and to produce translations of the texts.

Location: Institutum Liturgicum London,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Dates: 4-8 July (Monday – Friday; Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 July are free days)
11-15 (Monday to Friday; Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 July are free days)
18-22 (Monday to Friday; Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 July are free days)
25-29 (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 11.00-12.30

A fuller description of the cours is available here.
Enrol directly with the Institutum Liturgicum London.

Block 3 – Latin not for credit:
Enrol for the first week only: 8-12 August 2016
or for both weeks: 8 – 19 August 2016

(Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August are free days)


LA411 Latin First Experience: Beginning Latin     (not for credit – no exams)
tutor to be confirmed

No knowledge of the language is presumed. The First Experience of the Latin language introduces the student to authentic Latin literature with a clear presentation of how human thought is expressed in Latin. Learn to pronounce and read Latin from original texts, both ancient and modern. Learn to compose your own sentences. Instruction given in English, working patiently, using simple texts for a clear understanding of what the author originally said. We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD directly from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola, from which students shall cover most of the First Experience in ten weekdays comprising all the verb-times in the indicative, active and passive, the system of commands and nouns and adjectives in most of their usages.

Students  KU Leuven may use this course to prepare for the exam to test out of the first semester of Latin.

Location: Benedictine Institute,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Enrol for the first week only: 8-12 August
Enrol for both weeks: 8-12 August (Monday – Friday; Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 August are free days) and 15-19 August (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 10.00-13:00 (including a break)
and 14.00-15.15.

A fuller description of the cours is available here.
Enrol by contacting the Registrar at il AT liturgyinstitute DOT org.

LA511 Latin Second Experience is a conversational course not currently offered.


LA611 Latin Third Experience: Intermediate Latin     (not for credit – no exams)
Daniel Vowles and another tutor to be confirmed in April 2016;
(liturgical Latin) James Leachman

Students will begin to understand the meaning and usages of the subjunctive mode mostly in reading and also in writing the Latin language along with the forms and natural meaning of the four participles, including the ablative absolute. Presumed is a knowledge of the verb in all times of the indicative. We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD, retired papal Latinist of forty years, directly from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola, from which student shall cover most of the Third Experience in ten weekdays. This not-for-credit course is designed for students preparing to test out of an intermediate Latin course.

Students  KU Leuven may use this course to prepare for the exam to test out of the second semester of Latin.

This course may be adapted with an emphasis on liturgical texts and texts about liturgy for students preparing to take the entrance exam for the IL certificate programme of studies in Liturgy and for the entrance exam in Latin for the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Rome. As such, this course is not accredited, but prepares students for the accredited course Proficient Latin for Liturgists L711.

Location: Benedictine Institute,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Enrol for the first week only: 8-12 August
Enrol for both weeks: 8-12 August (Monday – Friday; Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 August are free days) and 15-19 August (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 10.00-13:00 (including a break)
and 15.45-17.00.

A fuller description of the course is available here.
Enrol by contacting the Registrar at il AT liturgyinstitute DOT org.


L711 Latin Fourth Experience: Proficient Latin for Liturgists. This course is not offered this summer of 2016


LA811 Latin Fifth Experience: Reading Cicero’s Letters     (not for credit – no exams)
Daniel Vowles tentative

This is a reading course of the Letters Cicero wrote to family and friends. Every letter integrates many aspects of the Latin language, and quickly provides a synthesis of the whole language including: the sequence of tenses, indirect discourse and questions, expressions of purpose and result and characteristic result, conditionals, modal attraction; gerunds, gerundives, ablatives absolute. Students will gain a more synthetic understanding of the Latin language and gain greater clarity about its modes of expression and their ambiguities. We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD, retired papal Latinist of forty years, directly from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola, in which this course is equivalent to the Fifth Experience, ongoing readings of Latin.

Location: Benedictine Institute,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Enrol for the first week only: 8-12 August
Enrol for both weeks: 8-12 August (Monday – Friday; Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 August are free days) and 15-19 August (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 17:15-18:15

A fuller description of the course is available here.
Enrol by contacting Clare Cogswell, Registrar, at  il AT liturgyinstitute DOT org.

FAQs: Frequently asked questions about the summer session

© James Leachman, O.S.B., updated by James on 3 February 2016.