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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modem: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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Sacra Liturgia UK — Registration Now Open
published 17 January 2016 by Fr. David Friel

ACRA LITURGIA began in June 2013, with the first conference held in Rome. The event was billed as an international conference on liturgical formation, celebration, and mission in the Year of Faith. The proceedings also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Second Vatican Council. The distinguished speakers included Cardinal Llovera, Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop Sample, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, C.O., Dom Alcuin Reid, Prof. Tracey Rowland, and Jeffrey Tucker, among several others.

As a continuation of the discussion that began during those days in Rome, the idea for Sacra Liturgia USA was born. In July 2015, that conference featured speakers of the same high caliber: Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Cordileone, Rev. Thomas Kocik, Dr. Michael Foley, and fellow blogger Dr. Peter Kwasniewski. I reported on those proceedings with a series of posts (one, two, three, and four).

Now a third iteration of Sacra Liturgia has been organized, this time in the United Kingdom. This July 5-8, London will be the backdrop for another impressive group of speakers. Lectures will take place at Imperial College in Kensington.

The liturgies for the week will feature a fascinating array of celebrants & preachers, including Cardinal Sarah, Archbishop Cordileone, Bishop Dominique Rey, and Msgr. Keith Newton (Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham). Most of the liturgies will be hosted at the Brompton Oratory.

Registration is now open. The group is generously offering a 35% student discount, as well as full & partial registration options. I would encourage all clergy, religious, and laity with an interest in authentic liturgical renewal to consider attending Sacra Liturgia UK 2016!