Liturgy Institute London

For a detailed and peaceful study of Liturgy

Courses Summer 2023

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, London,
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing W5 2DD

Block 1: 3 – 14 July 2023, weekdays

L701 Liturgical Research Seminar (IL certificate course)

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

St Bede Lecture

The annual St Bede Liturgy Lecture will be given by Msgr Bruce Harbert. The lecture is open and free to the public on Saturday 8 July 2023 beginning at 2:30 pm.

Block 2: 17 – 28 July 2023, weekdays

L704 Liturgical Hermeneutics 1 (IL certificate course)

L735 Liturgy and Cultures (IL certificate elective)

L718 Liturgies of the Earlly Church (IL certificate elective)

L719 Research Seminar: Liturgy and Cultures (IL certificate course)

Courses are not held during for the fortnight from 31 July – 6 August.
Note that the Congress of Societas Liturgica will be held in Maynooth 7-10 August at Maynooth near Dublin, Ireland.

Block 3: 14 – 25 August 2023, weekdays

L711 Proficient Latin for Liturgists (IL certificate elective)

 

Syriac Summer School

Blocks 1-2: 3 – 28 July 2023, weekdays

SY411 Readings in Syriac (not for credit)

SY511 Explorers in Syriac Literature: Publishing unedited Syriac manuscripts from the British Library

 

Latin Summer School

Online only: 31 July – 11 August 2023, weekdays

Online Latin course listings are available through the Benedictine Institute link here.

In person only: 14 – 25 August 2023, weekdays

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

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

L711 Advanced / Proficient Latin for Liturgists (and Canonists): Latin Fourth Experience (academic credit available)

LA811 Reading Cicero’s Letters: Latin Fifth Experience (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
3 – 14 July 2023, weekdays


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.

Hours: 3 hours (including a break).

Cost: £280

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. 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.

Hours: 3 hours (including a break).

Cost: £280

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

Block 2
17 – 28 July 2023

L704 Liturgical Hermeneutics 1 (required for IL certificate) KU Leuven 4 credits
Prof. Daniel McCarthy OSB

At the end of the course each student will be prepared:
i. to interpret a liturgical prayer and its rite using a selection of analytical tools and liturgical dimensions,
ii. describe the proper contribution of each analytical tool and liturgical dimension, for the interpretation of a specific text or rite,
iii. situate another person’s interpretation of a liturgical prayer or rite according to these interpretative tools and liturgical dimensions

Hours: 3 hours (including a break).

Cost: £280

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


L735 Liturgy and Cultures (IL certificate elective) KU Leuven 4 credits 
Prof. Stefan Geiger OSB

Note: This course has a new instructor and new content based on liturgical anthropology. The content of the course will be revised soon.
The Liturgy of the church is not unchanging. It has its origin and development over time and over geographical space. Inculturation is the study of how changes of the liturgy occur and records the results in a particular time and space. We shall begin with official documents on inculturation and from these we shall discuss practices which both exemplify and move beyond them in both western and eastern Christian traditions.

Hours: 3 hours (including a break).

Cost: £280

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


L718 Liturgies of the Early Church (IL certificate elective) KU Leuven 4 credits 
Doctoral Candidate Duco Vollebregt
with the moderation of Prof. Daniel McCarthy 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.

Hours: 3 hours (including a break).

Cost: £280

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


L719 Research Seminar in Liturgical Studies (a seminar for IL certificate) KU Leuven 4 credits.
Prof. Daniel McCarthy

The Liturgy of the church is not unchanging. It has its origin and development over time and over geographical space. Inculturation is the study of how changes of the liturgy occur and records the results in a particular time and space. We shall begin with official documents on inculturation and from these we shall discuss practices which both exemplify and move beyond them in both western and eastern Christian traditions. 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.

Hours: 3 hours (including a break).

Cost: £280

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

 

Syriac Summer School

3 – 28 July 2023

SY411 Readings in Syriac (not for credit)
F. Youhanna (Johannes; Elie) SEMAAN, O.L.M.

Enrol for one to four weeks of Syriac taught weekdays for an hour and a half daily.

This course is adapted to the level and needs of beginning students. As needed, the alphabet will be presented, but 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.

Enrol for weekdays:
One week: 3-7 July 2023
Two weeks: 3-14 July 2023
Three weeks: 3-21 July 2023
Four weeks: 3-28 July 2023

Hours: 8:30 – 10:00 (including a break).

Cost: £90 per week

A fuller description of the course is available here.

SY511 Explorers in Syriac Literature: Publishing unedited Syriac manuscripts from the British Library
F. Youhanna (Johannes; Elie) SEMAAN, O.L.M.

We plan to go to the British Library and examine their Syriac mansuscripts. We shall make copies of selected texts and bring them to the Benedictine Institute at Ealing Abbey. There we shall work to understand the Syriac text and to translate it into English. Our goal is to publish these as of yet unedited Syriac texts from the British Library. If you are interested in joining our project, please contact Elie Semaan at this email link.

Dates: 3-28 July, weekdays

Hours: After 10:00 AM and afternoons

Cost, dependent upon student numbers
Two weeks: £280
Four weeks: £500

A fuller description of the project is available here.

Latin Summer School

 

Online only: 31 July – 11 August 2023, weekdays

Online Latin course listings are available through the Benedictine Institute link here.

In person only: 14 – 25 August 2023, weekdays

Online courses and courses offered throughout the year are listed at Benedictine Institute.
Only L711 may be taken for academic credit.

 

Canon Law Students at KU Leuven may take these summer courses and study Latin throughout the academic term to prepare for two proficiency exams at KU Leuven. 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)

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 authentic texts, developing 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 along with a workbook in development by Laura Pooley which allows students to 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.

Three hours including a break.

Cost: £350

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


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

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 along with a workbook in development by Laura Pooley which allows students to cover the essentials of the First Experience in ten weekdays. 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.

Three hours including a break.

Cost: £350

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 along with a workbook in development by Laura Pooley which allows students to cover most of the Fourth Experience in ten weekdays. 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 sententia that involve liturgical law.

Three hours including a break.

Cost: £350

All students of proficient Latin for liturgists are encouraged to also enrol with IL London 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)

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).

1.45 hours, weekdays.
Runs after the advanced course.

Cost for Reading Cicero’s Letters alone: £195

Cost for enrolling in both L711 Proficient Latin
and in LA811 Reading Cicero’s Letters: £495 discounted total for both

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

A listing of our courses for the summer of 2022 is available here,
and for the
 summer of 2023 is based on that of summer 2021 found here.

© James Leachman, O.S.B., page updated by DM on 16 December 2022.