Monday, December 07, 2015

LMS Residential Latin Course: booking now open

High Mass in St David's, Pantasaph, during the Latin Course last Summer. Fr Hunwicke was
celebrant, left, and Fr Bailey subdeacon, on the right.
The Summer Latin Course organised by the Latin Mass Society with Fr John Hunwicke and Fr Richard Bailey is now taking booking for 2016.

The dates are 25 to 30 JULY 2016. It takes place in Pantasaph and Holywell, near Flint in North Wales, and shares daily Mass with the St Catherine's Trust Summer School, so there is Sung and usually High Mass in the Extraordinary Form every day.

The Course is an intensive 5-day course, Monday to Saturday, using the LMS coursebook, Simplicissimus.

Priests, deacons, seminarians, and those about to become seminarians (and other students) can do the course for half price. The full price is more or less the cost price; clergy discount represents a hefty subsidy by the Latin Mass Society.

£304 full price with LMS Members' discount
£170 for clergy, seminarians, and students.
It can be even cheaper if you find your own accomodation.

We fun this course at these rock-bottom prices because we beleive that knowledge of Latin by the clergy, of which most seminarians have been cheated for so many years, is essential for the liturgical restoration for which we are working. As Pope St John Paul II declared, with a quotation from Cicero:

'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.’ But we exhort all you who are here present and the colleagues who help you, to continue the noble work and elevate the condition of Latin which is also – even though within narrower limits than was once the case – a sort of link among people of different speech.

For more on the magisterium on the subject of learning Latin, see the FIUV Position Paper on Latin in Seminaries. There is also a Position Paper on Latin as a Liturgical Language.

Details and online booking for the course here.

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  1. This sounds brilliant! It it mainly intended for clergy, or do you get a good turnout from lay people as well?

  2. Usually more laity than clergy in fact. Even though it avoids the weekends, it is difficult for clergy to take the time off.