THE Latin Mass Society (LMS) has hosted its fifth national residential conference in four years to train priests in the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
The conference was held between April 12 and 16 at Ushaw College, Durham, and 20 priests were trained. This year, for the first time, the conference included separate tuition for laymen to become proficient masters of ceremony for the ceremonies of the Extraordinary Form.
Ten laymen attended the course. Among the clergy present were two young priests from the Archdio cese of Colombo, Sri Lanka, who had been sent by Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, ex-secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome.
Archbishop Ranjith is actively reintroducing the Extraordinary Form into his diocese. Apart from the expert small-group tuition given by experienced priests, there were Latin classes and lectures, daily Lauds, Compline, Vespers, rosary and Benediction. Each morning the college’s numerous side chapels were used by the priests to say their private Masses.
Traditional Rite liturgies were offered each day.