Courses Summer 2018

A tentative listing of our courses for the summer of 2019 is available here.

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The Institutum Liturgicum is established to promote liturgical research and graduate level education in liturgy in England. Our courses summer 2018 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 Institum Liturgicum is endorsed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales and of 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 will be given by Rev. Dr Gergely Bakos, OSB, and is scheduled for Saturday 7 July 2018 at 2:30 pm.

Course Offerings Summer 2018

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: 2 – 13 July 2018 (not 7 or 8 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)

Block 2: 16 – 27 July 2018 (not 21 or 22 July)

L703 Western Liturgical Books (IL certificate course)

L715 Pastoral Liturgy (IL certificate elective)

L718 Liturgies of the Early Church (IL certificate elective)

Courses are not held during the week of 28 July-5 August.

Block 3: 6 – 17 August 2018 (not 11 or 12 August)

L719 Research Seminar: Christian Initiation  (IL certificate course)

L711 Proficient Latin for Liturgists (IL certificate elective)

Syriac Summer Term

Block 1-2: 2 – 27 July 2018, weekdays – not for credit

SY411 Readings in Syriac (IL certificate elective)

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

Latin Summer Term

Block 3: 6 – 10 or 6 – 17 August 2018 (not 11 or 12 August)
Only L711 may be taken for academic credit

Enrol for first week only: 6-10 August 2018
Enrol for both weeks: 6 – 17 August 2018 (not 11 or 12 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)

L711 Latin Fourth Experience: Proficient Latin for Liturgists (and Canonists) (offered for academic credit or not for credit)

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

Latin for the Deaf

The following courses provide guided study of the Latin language with instruction in Sign language (SEE, ASL):

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

LA611 Latin Third Experience: Intermediate Latin (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
2 – 13 July 2018

(Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 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 to 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: 2-6 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July are free days)
and 9-13 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: 2-6 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July are free days)
and 9-13 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: 2-6 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July are free days)
and 9-13 July (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 09.30-12.30 (including a break).

A fullerdescription of the course is available here,

and a link to the previous course descriptor at KU Leuven is available here.


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: 16 – 20 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July are free days)
and 23 – 27 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.


L715 Pastoral Liturgy     (required for IL certificate)     KU Leuven 4 credits
Prof. James Leachman OSB, with Geert Leenknegt

At the end of the course each participant will be prepared to:
♦ Describe the considerations involved in celebrating a rite in the student’s pastoral context,
♦ In light of official ecclesial instructions,
♦ And in light of the contributions of theologians such as Joseph Jungmann, Mark Searle,
♦ And in light of the pastoral experience of rites developed for other cultural contexts.
♦ Rites include the celebration of the Christian Initiation, the Eucharist, Marriage, Liturgy of the Hours, Christian Funerals.

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

Dates: 16 – 20 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July are free days)
and 23 – 27 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 credits pending
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: 16 – 20 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July are free days)
and 23 – 27 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 available here.

Block 3
6 – 17 August 2018

(Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August are free days)


L719 Seminar: Christian initiation   (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: 6-10 August (Monday – Friday; Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 August are free days)
and 13-17 (Monday to Friday)

Hours: 09.30-12.30 (including a break).

A fuller description of the topic considered during summer term 2018 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.

Syriac Summer Term
Blocks 1-2: 2-27 July 2018


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

This course presumes familiarity with the alphabet and formation of words so that the majority of class time may be spent reading texts. During the first two weeks we review the verbal forms of the present and perfect tenses, personal pronouns, the various usages of nouns and adjectives. The teaching method is to recognize these forms in the texts read together in class. At the end of the course each student will be prepared to describe and explain short readings from the Syriac New Testament and to produce translations of the texts.

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

Dates: Enrol for the first week only: 2-6 July 2018
or for the first two weeks: 2-13 July 2018, weekdays
or for the first three weeks: 2-20 July 2018, weekdays
or for all four weeks: 2-27 July 2018, weekdays.

Hours: 8:30-10.00

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

Latin Summer Term

Block 3:

Enrol for the first week only: 6-10 August 2018
or for both weeks: 6 – 17 August 2018 (Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August are free days).
Note: only L711 may be taken for academic credit.

Canon Law Students at KU Leuven may take these courses to prepare for two proficiency exams. They are encouraged to take Beginning Latin before commencing their studies at Leuven. During the next summer they may take the Intermediate Latin, which will prepare them to take the sufficiency exam for Christian Latin (A08A0A), which covers about the first 25 chapters of Collin’s Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, including some usages of the subjunctive and some usages of the four participles, which we present in our intermediate course. During their third summer they may take both Proficient Latin for Liturgists, which also considers canonical texts regarding liturgy, along with Readings Cicero’s Letters, both of which will prepare them for the advanced Latin exam at KU Leuven. They are also welcome to begin their study of Latin later in their programme of study at KU Leuven.


LA411 Latin First Experience: Beginning Latin     (not for credit – no exams)
Daniel Vowles will present the material, and another tutor will review the ludi domestici (domestic games = personal study)

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.

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

Enrol for the first week only: 6-10 August
or enrol for both weeks: 6 – 10 August (Monday to Friday; Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August are free days) and 13-17 August (Monday to Friday).

Hours of instruction: 10.00-11.15; 11.30-12.45; (lunch;) 14.00-15.15; and review of the ludi: 15.30-16.30,
for a total of 4 hours and 45 minutes daily. This is an increase of 20% or 9 hours more contact time over two weeks than in 2016.

A fuller description of the course 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)
Laura Pooley

There are two main components of study: the subjunctive and the four participles with their very many respective usages. Students will begin to understand the meaning and usages of the subjunctive mode, mostly in reading but also in writing the Latin language. They also learn the forms and natural meaning of the four participles, and their usages including the ablative absolute. We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD, retired papal Latinist of forty years, directly from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola. The material covered in his First Experience is presumed for this course, including all times of the indicative, active and passive; the system of commands; noun and adjectives in most of their usages. This course covers most of the Third Experience in ten weekdays.

This not-for-credit course is designed for students preparing for the exam following the initial semester of Latin at KU Leuven, and the Latin proficiency exam at the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy, Rome.

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

Enrol for the first week only: 6-10 August, or
Enrol for both weeks: 6 – 10 August (Monday to Friday; Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August are free days) and 13-17 August (Monday to Friday).

Hours of instruction: 10.00-11.15; 11.30-12.45; (lunch;) 14.00-15.15; 15.30-16.30, for a total of 4 hours and 45 minutes daily. This is an increase of 20% or 9 hours more contact time over two weeks than in 2016.

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 (and Canonists)
(elective for IL certificate)     KU Leuven 4 credits

Prof. Daniel McCarthy OSB

Students will encounter Latin liturgical texts and canonical texts on liturgy written by authors from many ages. They will proceed to a greater facility and ease with the Latin language and come to a more detailed and direct understanding of liturgical texts. They will develop a fuller expression of liturgical ideas accurately and beautifully in both Latin and English. We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD directly from the draft copy of his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola. The material covered in its First and Third Experiences is presumed for this course, including the natural meaning and usages of the four participles and the forms and very many usages of the subjunctive mode. Because of limited hours of instruction, we shall cover the main elements, but not all of the Fourth Experience. These include indirect discourse (accusative with the infinitive), gerunds and gerundives, conditional sentences.

Canon law students of KU Leuven who are qualified may enrol in this course along with the course Reading Cicero’s Letters as a preparation for the advanced exam in Latin at KU Leuven. This course was originally designed for liturgists, but includes a consideration of canonical texts relating to liturgy such as Sacrosanctum Concilium, Praenotanda, Decreta and, if possible to find, sententia that involve liturgical law.

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

Enrol for the first week only: 6-10 August, or
Enrol for both weeks: 6 – 10 August (Monday to Friday; Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August are free days) and 13-17 August (Monday to Friday).

Hours: 9.45-12.45 (with a break)
Note: Because students may take this course for credit, the hours of instruction are restricted to those required for 4 academic credits (ECTS). Students wishing more instruction are encouraged to enrol also in Reading Cicero’s Letters, LA811

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


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

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 question, 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. Students may take this course in conjunction with L711 Latin Fourth Experience: Proficient Latin for Liturgists (and Canonists).

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

Enrol for the first week only: 6-10 August, or
Enrol for both weeks: 6 – 10 August (Monday to Friday; Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August are free days) and 13-17 August (Monday to Friday).

Hours: 15:30-16:45

A fuller description of the course is available here.

Latin for the Deaf

Block 3

Enrol for the first week only: 6-10 August 2018
or for both weeks: 6 – 17 August 2018, weekdays.


LA411D Latin First Experience: Beginning Latin for the Deaf     (not for credit – no exams)
Uniquely taught by a deaf man, Greg Carrier, with the supervision of Daniel McCarthy.

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 read Latin from original texts, both ancient and modern. Learn to compose your own sentences. Instruction given in Signed Exact English or ASL or written English, working patiently 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.

The guided self-study of Latin for the Deaf comprises four elements:

1. The student reads the individual encounters in the Ossa book,
2. The student completes the Ludus domesticus (domestic game = self-study) corresponding to each encounter,
3. The student reviews the Ludus and discusses any questions with the tutor, Greg Carrier (SEE, written English), and as needed with the supervisor, Daniel McCarthy (hearing with familiarity in SEE and ASL).
4. Students and the instructor may propose other texts to be sight-read together and rendered into good English on the spot.

It is possible to complete ten encounters and Ludi within the two weeks of intensive study. An oral component is not expected but can be provided as desired.

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

Enrol for the first week only: 6-10 August, or
Enrol for both weeks: 6 – 10 August (Monday to Friday; Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August are free days) and 13-17 August (Monday to Friday).

Hours: by appointment. Experience has shown that about an hour of private instruction daily is needed to respond to questions and review the Ludus completed during the previous day. This course relies more heavily upon self-study.

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


LA611D Latin Third Experience: Intermediate Latin for the Deaf     (not for credit – no exams)
Uniquely taught by a deaf man, Greg Carrier, with the supervision of Daniel McCarthy.

The content of this course depends on the students’ progress made in private-study during the preceeding year. The encounters and their corresponding ludi will be chosen to meet the needs of the Deaf participants.

Experience has taught that students have greater difficulty with the abundance of material included in the Third Experience. Because this course is based on guided self-study, the two main elements of the Third Experience are devided and presented in two subsequent years. The first year is dedicated to the participles, and the second year to the forms and very many usages of the subjunctive.

First intermediate summer programme
If participants have successfully completed the First Experience of the book Ossa Latinitatis Sola, they may wish to prepare for the first intermediate summer programme by studying the initial encounters 1 (36) – 8 (43) of the Third Experience, which provide a thorough review and a few new items, and complete their ludi.

The ten sessions of the first intermediate summer programme will be dedicated to the four participles and their natural meaning as found in the Third Experience, encounters 15 (50) – 22 (57) with their corresponding ludi. Various usages of the participles will be considered, especially the ablative absolute.

Second intermediate summer programme
Students wishing to prepare for the second intermediate summer programme should study the initial presentation of the forms and principles of the subjunctive given in Encounters 9 (44) – 14 (49) of the Third Experience. This will prepare the students for the very many usages of the subjunctive in the second summer session.

The ten sessions of the second intermediate summer programme will be dedicated to the specific usages of the subjunctive given in Encounters 23 (58) – 33 (68) of the Third Experience.

The guided self-study of Latin for the Deaf comprises four elements:

1. The student reads the individual encounters in the Ossa book,
2. The student completes the Ludus domesticus (domestic game = self-study) corresponding to each encounter,
3. The student reviews the Ludus and discusses any questions with the tutor Greg Courier (deaf, SEE sign), under the supervision of  Daniel McCarthy (hearing, with familiarity in SEE and ASL),
4. Students and the instructor may propose other texts to be sight-read together and rendered into good English on the spot.

An oral component is not expected but can be provided as desired.

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

Enrol for the first week only: 6-10 August, or
Enrol for both weeks: 6 – 10 August (Monday to Friday; Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August are free days) and 13-17 August (Monday to Friday).

Hours: by appointment. Experience has shown that about an hour of private instruction daily is needed to respond to questions and review the Ludus completed during the previous day. This course relies more heavily upon self-study.

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., page updated by DM  on 16 October 2018.