This was the fourth Sacra Liturgia Conference, and my third. It was held at the University of the Sacred Heart which is next to the Basilica of St. Ambrose. Speakers gave their papers in either English or Italian and we had headphones to hear translations.
The main entrance to the University.
(The Basilica of St. Ambrose is
just to the right out of the photo.)
It is a beautiful campus,
all contained within a double cloister.
The entrance to our conference hall.
Our conference hall.
There were only a couple of companies exhibiting the products.
This custom vestment maker had some really beautiful pieces!
The above Requiem chasuble includes
the text of the Introit in its medallions!
We had coffee and pastries at morning and afternoon breaks, and more than an hour to find lunch each day. Dinners were quite interesting, with various groups of old and new friends, from all over the world.
The Liturgies included both Mass and Vespers, each in both the contemporary and historic forms of the Ambrosian Rite. These are really quite different from our Latin Rite, based on earlier Rites of Jerusalem and other Byzantine Rites. Ambrosian Chant predates Gregorian, and is quite a bit simpler, but some use of Gregorian Chant has been adopted. This was one of my top reasons for attending this year as this Rite (also known as the Milanese Rite) is only observed in the Archdiocese of Milan. The choirs, cantors, and organists performed very well, and our worship aids provided a good guide to the orders of worship.