Solemn and lofty cele­bra­tions; inten­se tra­ining; beau­ti­ful, con­tem­pla­ti­ve Gre­go­rian chant, new friend­ships and a warm atmo­sphe­re — this is the short sum­ma­ry of the inter­na­tio­nal litur­gi­cal work­shops „Ars Cele­bran­di”, laun­ched yester­day at the Sanc­tu­ary of Our Lady of Sor­rows in Licheń (Poland).
The work­shops of the tra­di­tio­nal litur­gy „Ars Cele­bran­di” in Licheń, orga­ni­zed by the asso­cia­tion Una Voce Polo­nia (Polish branch of the Inter­na­tio­nal Fede­ra­tion „Una Voce”, an orga­ni­za­tion reco­gni­zed by the Holy See as the offi­cial repre­sen­ta­tion of secu­lar Catho­lics atta­ched to the tra­di­tio­nal Latin litur­gy), are held for the fifth time. Abo­ut 200 people from Poland and a dozen or so coun­tries aro­und the world, inc­lu­ding Esto­nia, Latvia, Ger­ma­ny, Fran­ce, Byelo­rus­sia, or even South Korea, learn to cele­bra­te the Mass in the extra­or­di­na­ry form of the Roman rite (prie­sts), serve it (altar servers), or sing (male and fema­le Gre­go­rian chant consorts).

The visit of the high-ran­king Vati­can pre­la­te, Arch­bi­shop Guido Poz­zo, secre­ta­ry of the Pon­ti­fi­cal Com­mis­sion Ecc­le­sia Dei (respon­si­ble for Catho­lics atta­ched to the tra­di­tio­nal litur­gy aro­und the world), will be the most impor­tant event of this year’ edi­tion. On July 18 he will cele­bra­te a pon­ti­fi­cal Mass in the Basi­li­ca of Our Lady of Licheń and will hold a meeting with the par­ti­ci­pants of the work­shops, answe­ring the­ir questions.
From this year on, „Ars Cele­bran­di” work­shops are offi­cial­ly an inter­na­tio­nal event: one of tra­ining gro­ups for altar servers is held in English. This inno­va­tion was intro­du­ced in respon­se to requ­ests addres­sed to the organizers.

The prie­sts have an unu­su­al oppor­tu­ni­ty to impro­ve the­ir prie­stly sin­ging under the direc­tion of a Bene­dic­ti­ne monk in char­ge of litur­gi­cal sin­ging in the tho­usand-year old Bene­dic­ti­ne Abbey in Tyniec (Cra­cow). Ano­ther impor­tant point is the pre­sen­ce of the Domi­ni­can rite — more than 750 years old own litur­gy of the Order of Pre­achers (very popu­lar in Poland); and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the so-cal­led „Polish Mas­ses” cele­bra­ted with the accom­pa­ni­ment of the once popu­lar and now almost for­got­ten devo­tio­nal folk uni­son songs.

The work­shops are orga­ni­zed in a way ena­bling eve­ry­thing: pray­er, lear­ning and enter­ta­in­ment… well, except for rest. The plan of the day starts at 6 a.m. with sin­ging lauds (the mor­ning offi­ce), and ends in the late eve­ning with a sung com­pli­ne (not for­get­ting — for tho­se wil­ling — addi­tio­nal work­shops, lasting up to mid­ni­ght). Howe­ver, the time for cof­fee meetings and making new con­tacts has been also pro­vi­ded („Ars Cele­bran­di” makes a gre­at con­tri­bu­tion to the inte­gra­tion of the Latin litur­gy com­mu­ni­ties of dif­fe­rent towns and coun­tries), and even to watch the finals of the World Cup on foot­ball. The enthu­sia­sts of the old litur­gy are not alie­na­ted from life and stand firm­ly on the ground.
The event takes pla­ce from 12th until 19th of July. Daily rele­ases and pho­to gal­le­ries are being publi­shed on Face­bo­ok and Insta­gram. Pls find enc­lo­sed a link to pho­tos from the first day of the work­shop, inc­lu­ding the cele­bra­tions:
Pls feel invi­ted to fol­low us!

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