Liturgy Institute London

For a detailed and peaceful study of Liturgy

Courses Summer 2024

Survey: courses for Summer 2024

Tell us your preferences for courses to be offered in the summer 2024 on this Google Form.
We will confirm our offerings at the end of March 2024 for the summer of 2024. 
Our regular programme for Summer 2024 is listed below. 

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

All courses are held at the Benedictine Institute,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK

Block 1: 1 – 12 July 2024 (not 6 or 7 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)

St Bede Lecture

The annual St Bede Liturgy Lecture will be given by (yet to be determined). The lecture is scheduled for Saturday 6 July 2024 at 2:30 pm, at Ealing Abbey, free of charge.

Block 2: 15 – 26 July 2024 (not 20 or 21 July)

L703 Western Liturgical Books (IL certificate course)

L719 A: Research Seminar: Icons and Liturgy (IL certificate course)

L719 B: Research Seminar: register your choice of topic (IL certificate course)

Liturgy courses are not held during for the fortnight from 27 July – 11 August.

Block 3: 29 July – 9 August 2024 (not 3 or 4 August)

Latin courses are held online during this block. See below.

Block 4: 12 – 23 August 2024 (not 17 or 18 August)

L711 Proficient Latin for Liturgists (IL certificate elective)

Syriac Summer Term

Block 1 – 2: 1 – 26 August 2024, weekdays – not for credit

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

SY411 Readings in Syriac (IL certificate elective)

Syriac Project publishing unedited Syriac manuscripts from the British Library

Latin Summer Term

Hours of instruction for the Latin courses are yet to be determined.

Block 3: 29 July – 9 August 2024 (not 3 or 4 August)

LA411 Beginning Latin (not for credit – no exams)

LA611 Intermediate Latin (not for credit – no exams)

L711 Advanced Latin (not for credit – no exams)

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

Block 4: 12 – 23 August 2024 (not 17 or 18 August)

Non residential participants may enrol for both weeks or for only the first week: 12 – 16 August 2024.

LA411 Beginning Latin (not for credit – no exams)

LA611 Intermediate Latin (not for credit – no exams)

L711 Advanced Latin (not for credit – no exams)

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

LA811 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. Liturgy courses are scheduled for 3 hour sessions including a break. Language sessions are scheduled as noted.

Block 1
1 – 12 July 2024

(Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 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: 1 – 5 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July are free days)
and 8 – 12 July (Monday to Friday)

Three Hours including a break. Hours yet to be determined.

Fee: £260

A fuller description of the course is available here,
and a link to the course descriptor at KU Leuven here.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

L702 Liturgy in the West: History and Context

(required for IL certificate)  KU Leuven 4 credits
Prof. Stefan Geiger 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: 1 – 5 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July are free days)
and 8 – 12 July (Monday to Friday)

Three Hours including a break. Hours yet to be determined.

Fee: £260

A fuller description of the course is available here,
and a link to the course descriptor at KU Leuven here.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

L705 Theology of the Liturgy

(required for IL certificate)     KU Leuven 4 credits
Prof. Dr Joris Geldhof and Prof. Stefan Geiger OSB

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;
  • 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;
  • Aapply 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: 1 – 5 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July are free days)
and 8 – 12 July (Monday to Friday)

Three Hours including a break. Hours yet to be determined.

Fee: £260

A fuller description of the course is available here,
and a link to the previous course descriptor at KU Leuven is available here.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

Block 2
15 – 26 July 2024

(Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 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: 15 – 19 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July are free days)
and 22 – 26 July (Monday to Friday)

Three Hours including a break. Hours yet to be determined.

Fee: £260

A fuller description of the course is available here,
and a link to the course descriptor at KU Leuven is available here.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

L719 Research Seminar: Icons and Liturgy

(a seminar for IL certificate)   KU Leuven 4 credits.
Prof. Dr. Basilius Greun

This seminar is under development.

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

Dates: 15 – 19 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July are free days)
and 22 – 26 July (Monday to Friday)

Three Hours including a break. Hours yet to be determined.

Fee: £260

A fuller description of the seminar 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.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

L719 Research Seminar topic upon demand

(a seminar for IL certificate)   KU Leuven 4 credits.
Prof. Stefan Geiger OSB

Tell us your prefered topics to be investigated during this seminar on this Google Form.
We will confirm our offerings at the end of January 2024 for the summer of 2024. 
Your choices are not limited to our regular programme of topics, which include:

Christian Initiation
Eucharist
Eucharistic Prayers
Christian Marriage
Liturgies of the Early Church
Liturgy and Cultures

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

Dates: 15 – 19 July (Monday to Friday; Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July are free days)
and 22 – 26 July (Monday to Friday)

Three Hours including a break. Hours yet to be determined.

Fee: £260

A fuller description of one possible topic 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.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

Syriac Summer Term

Block 1 – 2: 1 – 26 August 2024, weekdays – not for credit

SY411 Readings in Syriac

Prof. John Elie Semaan LMO 

(Not for credit – no exams.)
This course is adapted to the level of beginning students. As needed the alphabet will be presented, but the majority of class time will be spent reading texts. During the first two weeks we shall review the pronouns, nouns and adjectives; prepositions, numbers, days and seasons with readings and exercises. During the third and fourth weeks we shall work on verbs in different roots, forms and tenses with readings and exercises. We shall also begin to translate biblical and liturgical texts. 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 two weeks: 1 – 12 August 2024, weekdays
or for all four weeks: 1 – 26 August 2024, weekdays.

Hours: 9:00 – 10:30

Fee: £200 per 2-weeks (with minimum numbers).

A fuller description of the course is available here.
Enrol directly with the Institutum Liturgicum London.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

Syriac Project publishing unedited Syriac manuscripts

Prof. John Elie Semaan LMO 

(Not for credit – no exams.)

We shall work on unedited manuscripts in Syriac from the British Library or from other digitalized manuscripts. We shall transcribe and translate the Syriac texts into English or French depending on the need of the student. When a manuscript does not have a colophon, we shall use paeolography and other methods to begin to understand the date and origin of the manuscript. Our goal is to publish these unedited Syriac texts in our journal Ephemerides Ealingnenses and in an online database: syriaca.org.

If you are interested in joining our project, please contact Clare Cogswell at this email link and she will put you into contact with Elie Semaan.

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

Dates: Enrol for the first week only: 1 – 5 August 2024
or for the first two weeks: 1 – 12 August 2024, weekdays
or for the first three weeks: 1 – 19 August 2024, weekdays
or for all four weeks: 1 – 26 August 2024, weekdays.

Hours: 9:00 – 10:30

Fee: 4 weeks for £460

A fuller description of the course is available here.
Enrol directly with the Institutum Liturgicum London.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

Latin Summer Term

Block 3: ONLINE ONLY
29 July – 9 August 2024, weekdays

Enrol for both weeks: 29 July – 9 August 2024 (Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August are free days),
OR enrol for the first week only: 29 July – 2 August.

Block 4: IN PERSON ONLY
12 – 23 August 2024, weekdays

Only L711 may be taken for academic credit

Residential students enrol for both weeks: 12 – 23 August 2024 (Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August are free days)
Non residential participants may enrol for both weeks OR for only the first week: 12 – 16 August 2024.

LA411 Beginning Latin

Instructor: to be determined

(Not for credit – no exams.)
No knowledge of the language is presumed. By the end of the course each participant will have been introduced to:

  • All verb times in the indicative,
  • The active and passive voice,
  • Command forms,
  • All noun and adjective groups and most of their usages,
  • Reading and pronouncing original Latin texts, from ancient to modern.

We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD directly from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola, and its companion volume Ossa Ostensa Book 1 by Laura Pooley. This course covers most of the First Experience in ten weekdays.

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

Block 3: ONLINE ONLY
29 July – 9 August 2024, weekdays

Block 4: IN PERSON ONLY
12 – 23 August 2024, weekdays

3 hours including a break. Schedule to be determined.

Fee: £320

A fuller description of the course is available here.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.


LA611 Intermediate Latin

Instructor: to be determined

(Not for credit – no exams.)

Students entering this level will be expected to have a solid grasp of the topics covered in Beginning Latin. By the end of the course each participant will have been introduced to:
  • The meaning and uses of the subjunctive mood, 
  • The forms and natural meanings of the four participles,
  • Various uses of participles including the ablative absolute, 
  • Reading a variety of texts in their original Latin 
  • Writing in Latin

We use the teaching method of the late Reginald Foster OCD, papal Latinist of forty years, directly from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola, and its forthcoming companion volume Ossa Ostensa Book 2 by Laura Pooley. This course covers most of the Third Experience in ten weekdays.

The material presumed for this course is covered in Beginning Latin given above.

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

Block 3: ONLINE ONLY
29 July – 9 August 2024, weekdays

Block 4: IN PERSON ONLY
12 – 23 August 2024, weekdays

3 hours including a break. Schedule to be determined.

Fee: £320

A fuller description of the course is available here.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

LA711 Advanced Latin

Instructor: to be determined

Students will encounter Latin literature written by many authors from every age. During this course students will learn and develop a facility with the following elements of the Latin language:

  • The accusative with the infinitive used in indirect discourse and object sentences,
  • The gerund and gerundive and the participle of passive necessity,
  • Conditional sentences: if … , then … ,
  • The 3% use of the sequence of tenses and modal attraction,
  • Verbs of doubting, fearing and prohibiting,
  • Oblique complements of verbs and their passive construction,
  • Specific usages of the dative, genitive, ablative,
  • Overviews of:
    • 14 ways to express purpose,
    • 10 usages of the relative pronoun,
    • Positive and negative commands,

We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola, and its forthcoming companion volume Ossa Ostensa Book 3 by Laura Pooley. This course covers most of the Fourth Experience in ten weekdays.

The material presumed for this course is listed above for the First and Third Experiences.

Students wishing more instruction are encouraged to enrol also in Reading Cicero’s Letters, LA811. A discount is offered when enrolling with us in both courses.

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

Block 3: ONLINE ONLY
29 July – 9 August 2024, weekdays

Block 4: IN PERSON ONLY
12 – 23 August 2024, weekdays

3 hours including a break. Schedule to be determined.

Enrol directly with us for the full not-for-credit course. Fee: £320.

A fuller description of the course is available here.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

L711 Proficient Latin for Liturgists

(elective for IL certificate)     KU Leuven 4 credits
Instructor: to be determined (Daniel McCarthy)

Students will encounter Latin literature written by many authors from every age with a focus on: biblica, patristica, liturgica, scholastica, magisteria, musica, canonica. During this course students will learn and develop a facility with the following elements of the Latin language:

  • The accusative with the infinitive used in indirect discourse and object sentences,
  • The gerund and gerundive and the participle of passive necessity,
  • Conditional sentences: if … , then … ,
  • The 3% use of the sequence of tenses and modal attraction,
  • Verbs of doubting, fearing and prohibiting,
  • Oblique complements of verbs and their passive construction,
  • Specific usages of the dative, genitive, ablative,
  • Overviews of:
    • 14 ways to express purpose,
    • 10 usages of the relative pronoun,
    • Positive and negative commands,

We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD from his book Ossa Latinitatis Sola, and its forthcoming companion volume Ossa Ostensa Book 3 by Laura Pooley. This course covers most of the Fourth Experience in ten weekdays.

The material presumed for this course is listed above for the First and Third Experiences.

Students wishing more instruction are encouraged to enrol also in Reading Cicero’s Letters, LA811.

Canon law students of KU Leuven are encouraged to enrol in this accredited course L711 or the non-accredited course LA711 described above. Both L711 and LA711 are taught together and literature is considered according to the needs of the students enrolled. This course along with the course Reading Cicero’s Letters prepare canonists for the KU Leuven course “Reading of Latin Canonical Texts” (B-KUL-B0B48B). This course was originally designed for liturgists, but includes all the Latin material needed along with a consideration of canonical texts such as Sacrosanctum Concilium, Praenotanda, Decreta and Sententia.

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

Block 3: ONLINE ONLY
29 July – 9 August 2024, weekdays

Block 4: IN PERSON ONLY
12 – 23 August 2024, weekdays

3 hours including a break. Schedule to be determined.

Our Registrar, Clare Cogswell, will help students enrol for this course L711 for credit with KULeuven: B-KUL-A07E3A.

Otherwise, students may enrol directly with us for the full not-for-credit course LA711. Fee: £320.

A fuller description of the course is available here.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

LA811 Reading Cicero’s Letters     

Instructor: to be determined
(not for credit – no exams)

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 the late Reginald Foster OCD, 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

Block 4: IN PERSON ONLY
12 – 23 August 2024, weekdays

1 hour and 45 minutes. Schedule to be determined.

Fee: £175
Discount fee £150 when this readiing course is taken in combination with LA711 Advanced Latin.

A fuller description of the course is available here.
Contact Clare, the Registrar at this linked email address.

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 KU Leuven course “Reading of Latin Canonical Texts” (B-KUL-B0B48B). 

Canon Law Students at KU Leuven are encouraged to consider taking our online courses or periodic courses on the Latin language held throughout the academic term. This can help maintain momentum in studying the language and shorten the amount of time needed to arrive at an advanced level of understanding. Please write to Clare to enquire about the availability of online and periodic courses at this linked email address.

FAQs: Frequently asked questions about the summer session

A listing of our courses for the summer of 2022 here
and a proposed course listing for
the summer of 2025 is based on that for the summer of 2023 available here.

© James Leachman, O.S.B., page updated by DM on 21 July 2023.