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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 a doctorate in liturgical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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Much of the beauty of the older forms was lost and the hymns did not really become classical. We have reason to hope that the present reform of the breviary will also give us back the old form of the hymns. But meanwhile it seems necessary to keep the later text. This is the one best known, it is given in all hymnbooks and is still the only authorized form. Only in one case have we printed the older text of a hymn, number 57, “Urbs Jerusalem.” The modern form of this begins: “Caelestis urbs Jerusalem.” But in this case the people who changed it in the seventeenth century did not even keep its metre; so the later version cannot be sung to the old, exceedingly beautiful tune.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (1913)

Update on Sacra Liturgia Milano 2017
published 27 November 2016 by Fr. David Friel

LANS FOR Sacra Liturgia Milano continue to take shape. Building on the success of Sacra Liturgia proceedings in Rome (2013), New York City (2015), and London (2016), this gathering bills itself as an international conference on liturgical formation, celebration, and mission.

The conference will be held June 6-9, 2017, with presentations being given in the Aula Magna of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. All talks will be simultaneously translated in Italian and English.

Among the most interesting aspects of this symposium will be the accompanying liturgical celebrations, which will include both uses of the Ambrosian rite. Solemn vespers, led by His Eminence Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi, will open the conference. Liturgies will be held in the Basilica of St. Ambrose, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and another still-to-be-determined site.

Arrangements are being made for an organized afternoon of cultural visits, allowing participants to explore such places as the Bibliotheca Ambrosiana and the church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore.

At this time, the impressive list of speakers includes: His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Abbot Christopher Zielinski, Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, C.O., Dom Alcuin Reid, Prof. Jennifer Donelson, Msgr. Claudio Magnoli, Fr. Vincenze Nuara, O.P., Msgr. Timothy Verdon, Prof. Angelo Rusconi, Prof. Cesare Alzati, Msgr. Marco Navoni, Msgr. Ennio Apeciti, and Dr. Andrea Gramegna.

The conference website is set to launch in December, with registration opening by the end of January. In the meantime, the best way to stay informed of developments on Sacra Liturgia Milano 2017 is via their Facebook page.