Liturgical Latin: The Sequences of Adam of St. Victor

Liturgical Latin: The Sequences of Adam of St. Victor

Course Description: In our time, following the liturgical reforms of the Council of Trent and Vatican II, only four days of the liturgical year have sequences. In the Middle Ages, however, they were much more frequent. The French poet and theologian Adam of St. Victor, who died in 1146, wrote dozens of such sequences, spanning the entire liturgical year and many saints’ days as well. In this course we will read and discuss several of Adam’s sequences, highlighting their unique poetic style and their theological reflections on the seasons of the liturgical year. This is a great chance to both gain new perspectives on the liturgy and discover the thought of a writer whom translator and hymnodist John Mason Neale called “the greatest Latin poet, not only of mediaeval, but of all ages.”


Level: Familiarity with Latin grammar, morphology, and vocabulary is strongly preferred, though interested students of any level are welcome.

Textbook:Instructor will provide materials.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Tuesdays, 6:00p.m. U.S. Eastern Time


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Joshua Gregor

Joshua Gregor is head of the Latin department at Sacred Heart Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has taught Latin courses ranging from beginning grammar up through Cicero and Horace, as well as medieval and Renaissance Latin. With Paideia he has previously taught the liturgical hymnody of St. Thomas Aquinas. Joshua holds a B.A. in philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, with a thesis on William Wordsworth’s Romantic theory of poetry. Afterwards he received an M.A. in linguistics from Indiana University, focusing on Latin and Romance languages. Joshua additionally spent several years in seminary, where he also studied humanities, theology, and Gregorian Chant.