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Medieval worship in a medieval cathedral: Connecting with our sacred heritage

04 May 11

On Thursday, 5 May, the evening choral service at Salisbury Cathedral will take the form of a Eucharist following the order of the Latin Mass used in the cathedral from the time of its construction until the Reformation. This liturgy offers us an opportunity to connect more directly with our sacred heritage, and to understand the relationship between the cathedral building and the worship for which it was intended. It is also an opportunity to consider what aspects of medieval worship might enrich and nurture our engagement with worship today. Much of the recent revision of the liturgy has been informed by revaluation of the worship of the early Church; yet the buildings, the music and the ritual are rooted in the culture of the Middle Ages.

To complement this there are two courses of preparation and reflection: the first intended for those who are committed to normal working hours; the other for those who can set aside a day before the Eucharist. Both courses are led by Professor John Harper, an established authority on music and liturgy who has a particular interest in medieval worship at Salisbury.

The Latin Eucharist and these related courses are part of the Religion and Society project investigating The Experience of Worship in late medieval Cathedral and Parish Church. This part of the project seeks both to reveal how worship was conducted and experienced in the Middle Ages, and to seek out how this might lead to new insights about worship in medieval buildings today.

Course One (for those committed to normal working hours)

Wednesday, 4 May

8.00 pm to 9.30 pm: Sarum College

Preparing for the experience of the Latin Eucharist

Thursday, 5 May

5.30 pm to 6.45 pm: The Cathedral Quire

Sung Latin Eucharist in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

8.00 pm to 9.00 pm: Sarum College  

Reflecting on the experience of the Latin Eucharist

 

Course Two:

Thursday, 5 May

11.15 am to 12.45 pm: Sarum College

Preparing for the experience of the Latin Eucharist

 

2.15 pm to 3.45 pm: The Cathedral Quire

 An introduction to the late medieval Mass at Salisbury

 

5.30 pm to 6.45 pm: The Cathedral Quire

Sung Latin Eucharist in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

8.00 pm to 9.00 pm: Sarum College  

Reflecting on the experience of the Latin Eucharist

 

There is a charge of £10 for each course, and 15 places available on each course.

There is no provision for meals or refreshments in the course charge, though water will be available at all the sessions in Sarum College.

 

Booking

 Bookings can be made via experienceofworship@bangor.ac.uk . For further details, see http://www.experienceofworship.org.uk/

 

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