Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship

Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship


Prayer to Saint Joseph for Christmas: “Saint Joseph, You were a good father to the Infant Jesus and a good husband to The Blessed Mother. You stand guard over the Church.Please be a good father to Eric... It must have been over flowing joy you felt when you first saw The Divine Child. He was a Good Son to you. St Joseph, please take Eric under your Spiritual Care. Please pray for Eric's conversion and salvation. Please pray for his well being... Eric needs Jesus. Please help him to see his needs for Jesus. Please lead and guide Eric to see Jesus Christ. Pray that he will have Eyes to See and Ears to Hear Jesus Christ. St Joseph, you loved and cared for your family, please love and care about Eric's family. Please pray for the grace of household salvation for them all. May they all be one in Jesus Christ. May they live in peace and hope and harmony. St Joseph, please bless this their Christmas Season. May they know the joy of Christmas and feel the peace of Christ. Jesus, Mary, St Joseph, bless Eric ...Jesus, Mary , St Joseph, help Eric...Jesus, Mary, St Joseph, save Eric in the name of Jesus Christ...Amen ”
ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN V. CUOMO (20A87) In a 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court of the United States of America sides with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Agudath Israel of America and affiliated Orthodox Jewish congregations in a dispute over Covid-19 restrictions in New York. We give Thanks to God!
ALL SAINTS DAY NOVEMBER 1 AT 4:00 PM PT DON'T MISS THE LIVE-STREAMED RECORDING OF DURUFLÉ'S REQUIEM In honor of our beloved dead and, this year, especially in remembrance of all those who have died in the pandemic, the powerful Requiem by Maurice Duruflé will be performed in its organ and choir version by the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir, with members of Pacific Edge Voices and The Benedict Sixteen and Friends. Under the direction of Ash Walker and with Christoph Tietze at the organ, the 27 singers will perform in a grand circle along the inside perimeter of the cathedral, with the distance from singer to singer being 20 feet and the distance across being 200 feet. This surround-sound experience will be spectacular and is not to be missed! Download a PDF program here:
"Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" on ETWN is quite good. Even if we were to discover that only 25% of the information is factual, it is still seriously disturbing. Catholics need to be aware of what some of our clergy have been up to for the last 100 years with regards to Socialism, Saul Alinsky and other destructive movements. Pray for Archbishop Cordileone and all of our faithful, reverent and proactive Catholic priests. And pray that all Catholic priests and parishioners with malevolent intentions will change their hearts and actions and help purify and restore our Church.
Is "Gay is OK Francis" not the true Pope?? Was Ratzinger forced out?? Compelling presentation in 7 short videos that Pope Benedict never abdicated the Papacy in accordance with Canon Law.
"Archbishop Cordileone plans exorcism at church where Serra statue was toppled" Article at Catholic News Service: Before a statue of St. Junipero Serra was sprayed with red paint and toppled on the property of Mission San Rafael on October 12, Archbishop Cordileone was already scheduled to celebrate a 40 Days for Life Mass and lead a Rosary Walk there at 9:00 AM. The archbishop will perform an exorcism while at the mission for the previously planned event. After another statue of St. Junipero Serra in the city’s Golden Gate Park was toppled in June, Archbishop Cordileone led a rosary on June 27 and performed another minor exorcism at the site of that fallen statue.
Celebrated yesterday in the Diocese of St. Augustine. A very beautiful and meaningful devotion and shrine that many may not be aware of in other areas. Once found a winery near Orvieto, Italy named Madonna Del Latte and was first made aware of the image. The winery was named after a painting in the nearby church depicting this image.
October 10: St. Francis Borgia (in the Traditional Calendar0 This saint had some notorious antecedents. He was a great-grandson of a pope—Pope Alexander VI—on his father's side, grandson of an archbishop on his mother's side, and great-grandson of an illegitimate son of King Ferdinand II of Aragon. His infamous last name and his ancestors aside, Francis Borgia was pious as a child and wanted to be a monk. His family sent him to court instead, where he was received as a relative. He married at 19 and had eight children. Prior to Palestrina, Borgia was one of the chief restorers of sacred music. When he was 36, his wife died; he provided for his children, gave everything away, and became a Jesuit, while Saint Ignatius was still alive and when the order was full of holy zeal. During his lifetime, he was widely viewed as a saint by many, including St. Teresa of Avila. Image: "The Conversion of Francis Borgia" (at Isabella of Portugal's coffin (between 1664 and 1674), by Pietro della Vecchia, at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Brest, France. From Dom Guéranger's The Liturgical Year: Francis, fourth Duke of Gandia, was the son of John Borgia and of Joanna of Aragon, grand-daughter of Ferdinand the Catholic. He passed his childhood, in his father’s house, in wonderful innocence and piety; but appeared still more admirable when he showed himself a pattern of Christian virtue and austerity, first at the court of the emperor, Charles V, and afterwards as viceroy of Catalonia. He was charged to convey the body of the empress Isabella to her sepulchre at Granada. Seeing the horrible change in her features, he understood how fleeting are all earthly things, and vowed to renounce everything as soon as possible, and devote himself to the service of the King of kings. From that day forward he made such progress in virtue, that, in the midst of overwhelming occupations, his life was a faithful copy of religious perfection, so that he was called the miracle of princes. To read more, see:
I am protestant but I do hold sacred some things that you do. I love Catholic people and have many friends that are.
Manifestacion católica Domingo 20 de septiembre SALIDA A las 8:00 a.m. desde la Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua, 3215 Cesar Chavez, S.F. Reúniendose en la Plaza de las naciones unidas las 10:00 a.m. Procesión Eucarística a la Catedral para la Misa 11:00 a.m.
On your game Joseph

With Archbishop Cordileone, the Benedict XVI Institute seeks to elevate the sacred. Our activities include a May Festival of Marian Hymns, a Nov.

Solemn Requiem Mass, Arts lectures, children's chant camp, a teaching choir, and

Mission: The Benedict XVI Institute's mission is to open the door of beauty to God through two great strategies: providing practical resources for more beautiful and reverent liturgies, and by energizing a Catholic Culture of the Arts.

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Proof That Saturday Is Mary’s Special Day


“Since the Resurrection took place on a Sunday, we keep holy this day instead of the Sabbath as did the Jews of old. However, we also sanctify Saturday in honor of the glorious Virgin Mary who remained unshaken in faith all day Saturday after the death of her Divine Son.”—St. Thomas Aquinas

Also, Our Lady of Fatima requested that we observe the devotion of the Five First Saturdays. She told Lucia:

"Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.

Painting: *Madonna in the Church* by Jan Van Eyck, 1400’s What connections are there from the early Church to apparitions like Fatima that make Saturday Mary’s day?

Art, Elevation, & the Liturgy
A six part online course
Sponsored by the San Francisco Archdiocese, Taught by noted art historian Dr. Elizabeth Lev

Tuesdays at 7:45 P.M. PST (8:45 PM MST, 9:45 PM CST, 10:45 PM EST)
March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20 2021
For more information and how to register, go here:

This on-line lecture series explores the history of art in the context of the liturgy, specifically works designed to elevate the mind, heart, and spirit during the Mass.


May thy heart dwell always in our hearts!
May thy blood ever flow in the veins of our souls!
O sun of our hearts, thou givest life to all things by the rays of thy goodness!
I will not go until thy heart has strengthened me, O Lord Jesus!
May the heart of Jesus be the king of my heart!
Blessed be God.—St. Francis de Sales' prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

First Friday of February - meditate on St. Francis de Sales' prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

May thy heart dwell always in our hearts!
May thy blood ever flow in the veins of our souls!
O sun of our hearts, thou givest life to all things by the rays of thy goodness!
I will not go until thy heart has strengthened me, O Lord Jesus!
May the heart of Jesus be the king of my heart!
Blessed be God.

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MONDAY February 8, 2021
Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita
5:30 PM PST, 6:30 PM MST, 7:30 PM CST, 8:30 PM EST


Friday Night Lecture Registration - Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts

THIS FRIDAY: February 5, 2021
Dr. Anthony Esolen on “Straightening the Crooked: Purgatory as Spiritual Infirmary”

4:30 PM PST, 5:30 PM MST, 6:30 PM CST, 7:30 PM EST
Prominent Catholic Poet and Educator Dr. Anthony Esolen will talk at Magdalene College's Friday Night Lecture (a ZOOM event)

Register to attend.

A few hours prior to the live online event, you will receive information via email on how to attend from your computer.

Dante: Searcher and Discoverer

The January 28 conversation about Dante is available at this link from the Berkley Center at Georgetown University. This conversation with three leading interpreters of Dante – Mary Jo Bang, Francesco Ciabattoni and Vittorio Montemaggi – was an opportunity to walk the paths of Dante seven centuries after he did.

Septuagesima: The Time that the Land Forgot

A highly informative article about the historic significance of the Septuagesima Season reprinted from Latin Mass Magazine. Philip Hermogenes Calderon (1833-1898), By the Waters of Babylon Note: The following article appeared in the Winter 2011 issue of The Latin...


Old editions of the Rituale Romanum gave the following formula for blessing the candles used on St. Blaise's feast to bless throats independently of the February 2 Candlemas blessing:

"O God most powerful and most kind, Who didst create all the different things in the world by the Word alone, and Whose will it was that this Word by Which all things were made should become incarnate for the remaking of mankind; Thou Who art great and limitless, worthy of reverence and praise, the worker of wonders; for Whose sake the glorious Martyr and Bishop, St. Blaise, joyfully gained the palm of martyrdom, never shrinking from any kind of torture in confessing his faith in Thee; Thou Who didst give to him, amongst other gifts, the prerogative of curing by Thy power every ailment of men’s throats; humbly we beg Thee in Thy majesty not to look upon our guilt, but, pleased by his merits and prayers, in Thine awe-inspiring kindness, to bless this wax created by Thee and to sanctify it, pouring into it Thy grace; so that all who in good faith shall have their throats touched by this wax may be freed from every ailment of their throats through the merit of his suffering, and, in good health and spirits, may give thanks to Thee in Thy holy Church and praise Thy glorious name, which is blessed for ever and ever. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee lives and reigns, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. R. Amen."

Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, May God deliver us from every disease of the throat and from every other evil (especially this pandemic). In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone Responds to Pelosi: ‘No Catholic in Good Conscience Can Favor Abortion’ On Thursday, Archbishop Cordileone clarified that “Nancy Pelosi does not speak for the Catholic Church.”

February 2, 1839 - Pablo Tac, California Mission Luiseño Indian and scholar, took an oath while studying for the priesthood at Urban College, Rome. The oath was an expression of his commitment to ordination and to returning to his Luiseño brothers and sisters in Christ at Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. He died before he could keep his oath.

California Mission History #OTD

February 2, 1839 - Pablo Tac, California Mission Indian and scholar, took the oath while studying for the priesthood at Urban College, Rome. The oath was an expression of his commitment to ordination and returning to his Luiseño brothers and sisters in Christ at Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. His writings are the earliest from a California Indian. The new book "Meet Pablo Tac" is the story of faith, courage in the face of adversity, and the universality of the Catholic Church.



(A Song.)
By Cardinal Saint John Henry Newman

THE Angel-lights of Christmas morn,
Which shot across the sky,
Away they pass at Candlemas,
They sparkle and they die.

Comfort of earth is brief at best,
Although it be divine;
Like funeral lights for Christmas gone,
Old Simeon's tapers shine.

And then for eight long weeks and more,
We wait in twilight grey,
Till the high candle sheds a beam
On Holy Saturday.

We wait along the penance-tide
Of solemn fast and prayer;
While song is hush'd, and lights grow dim
In the sin-laden air. {280}

And while the sword in Mary's soul
Is driven home, we hide
In our own hearts, and count the wounds
Of passion and of pride.

And still, though Candlemas be spent
And Alleluias o'er,
Mary is music in our need,
And Jesus light in store.

The Oratory.

In 2017, Pope Francis canonized John Henry Newman—who was a prominent convert from Anglicanism—in Rome, in the presence of Charles, Prince of Wales. Newman is the first English saint canonized since the Forty Martyrs, who were executed under laws enacted during the English Reformation, were sainted in 1970.

Image: Entrance of Our Lord Christ into the Temple (1305) by Giotto di Bondone. Cappella Scrovegni a Padova. Padova, Italy.

Giotto’s painting illustrates the dramatic moment when Simeon and the prophet Anna recognize the child Jesus to be the savior they have been waiting for. Mary and Joseph are on the other side of the image, Joseph holds the doves for their offering, and Mary’s arms are outstretched to receive her son.

2021 Lenten Writing Contest — Catholic Literary Arts


The Walking with Christ during Lent-themed writing contest closes at midnight on Sunday, February 7, 2021. Winners will be announced on February 15, and the winners will read their poems during a ZOOM celebration on February 23.

For more details go here: As we approach the Liturgical season of Lent, let us "walk with Christ," then share those reflections in poetry or prose.

Catholic Arts Today


Here's the ZOOM link:

From Professor William P. Mahrt: “The St. Ann choir will sing the First Vespers of the Feast of Candlemas by ZOOM, Monday evening, February 1, 7:00 p.m. PST. This will include the great Marian hymn Ave Maris Stella.

“We will add as the repeat of the antiphons the cycle O admirabile commercium by Josquin from a recording of the celebration of the Vespers at St. Ann Chapel some years ago, . . . recorded twenty-one years ago."

O admirabile commercium!

O wondrous exchange:
the Creator of humankind,
taking upon him a living body,
vouchsafed to be born of a Virgin
and, without seed, becoming a man,
hath made us partakers of his Divinity.

“Everyone is invited to listen. For a link to the Vespers, email mattfong @

“We have most years celebrated Candlemas with a candlelight procession and Mass. This will not be quite the same, yet it will be an observance of the magnificence of the Feast and a promise to celebrate it more solemnly in a year.”

Download a PDF of the Vespers at:


“TWO days more, and the happy season of Christmas will be over! This is the vigil of its termination, and lo! there comes to gladden us one of the grandest Martyrs of the year—Ignatius . . . Bishop of Antioch. A venerable tradition tells us that this old man, who so generously confessed the faith before Trajan, was the child whom Jesus took into his arms, and showed to his Disciples as a model of that simplicity which we must all have if we would enter into the kingdom of heaven. . . .

“[T]he Prince of the Apostles made him his second successor in his first See of Antioch. . . . As it were to show the supremacy of the See of Rome, Divine Providence willed that he, with his chains upon him, should go to see Peter and finish his course in the Holy City, and thus mingle his blood with that of the Apostles. . . .

“The Crib of Bethlehem, even had there never been the Sacrifice of Calvary, would of itself be sufficient to convince us of all this. God comes down from heaven for the sake of his creature, man; he himself becomes Man, nay, a Child, and is laid in a manger! . . . And would it be too much if we made a sacrifice of our very lives to repay Jesus for only that much of his love which he showed us by being born among us?"—From Dom Guéranger's The Liturgical Year.

Image: The Martyrdom of St. Ignatius of Antioch, unknown artist. ca. 1000

In. Circumdederunt me (live 6nov.2011).mp4


Today is Septuagesima Sunday, which is observed by those who follow the traditional liturgical calendar. In 1969, the Septuagesima pre-Lenten penitential season was removed from the revised liturgical calendar, after about one thousand years, and its three Sundays and two weeks were absorbed into Ordinary time. The Ordinariate Use and the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite still observe the pre-Lenten season. Here is a brief introduction to the season and some of its customary observances.

Dom Prosper Guéranger devoted a whole volume of The Liturgical Year to “Septuagesima.” In his “Preface,” Dom Guéranger referred to Septuagesima as a season of “transition, inasmuch as it includes the period between two important Seasons, – Christmas and Lent.” (Oddly enough, as it happens in some years, this year the beginning of Septuagesima overlaps the last days of the forty day Christmas season, which ends on February 2. So, this year, we are preparing for Lent while still celebrating Christmas for three days!)

In the chapter titled “The History of Septuagesima,” Dom Guéranger added, “The Church, therefore, has instituted a preparation for the holy time of Lent. She gives us the three weeks of Septuagesima, during which she withdraws us, as much as may be, from the noisy distractions of the world, in order that our hearts may be the more readily impressed by the solemn warning she is to give us, at the commencement of Lent, by marking our foreheads with ashes. . . .”

“Gloria in excelsis Deo, which we have sung every Sunday since the Birth of our Saviour in Bethlehem, is also taken from us; it is only on the Feasts of the Saints, which may be kept during the week, that we shall be allowed to repeat it. . . .

“After the Gradual of the Mass, instead of the thrice repeated Alleluia, which prepared our hearts to listen to the voice of God in the Holy Gospel, we shall hear but a mournful and protracted chant, called, on that account, the Tract.”

During the Septuagesima season, the prayers and readings in the Mass and in the Divine Office take up the season’s refrain of holy mourning, as part of preparing our minds and hearts for the remembrance of Lent and of the Passion to come.

Here is a link to “Circumdederunt Me,” which is the Introit for Septuagesima Sunday and is a fitting introduction to this somber season: . “The sorrows of death surrounded me, the sorrows of hell encompassed me; and in my affliction I called upon the Lord, and He heard my voice from His holy temple. — (Ps.17. 2, 3). I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength: the Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer.” Schola Gregoriana Benedetto XVI6 novembre 2011Concerto IUSTORUM ANIMAEBologna - Chiesa di Santa Maria della VitaIntroito - Circumdederunt meSchola Gregoriana...

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Here is a timely prayer attributed to St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622).

Be at Peace
Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
God, whose very own you are,
will deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto,
and He will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in his arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.

Pope Pius XI proclaimed St. Francis de Sales as the patron saint of writers and journalists in 1923. As a priest in Annecy near Geneva, where only a few hundred Catholic believers remained after Calvinism took over, he wrote and distributed flyers explaining the Catholic teachings of disputed doctrines and tacked them up on walls and left them around for people to find them—in a successful attempt to reach fallen away Catholics when they were forbidden to listen to him.

As a bishop and spiritual director, he wrote thousands of letters, many of which were collected into books. Most famous of all is the book titled, Introduction to the Devout Life. Many previously believed that holiness was only possible for those who became priests or religious.

St. Francis de Sales was roughly a contemporary of Shakespeare and during their lifetimes, he was far more famous!

Long before Shakespeare was widely known by his countrymen and before his plays were translated, de Sale's Introduction to the Devout Life was translated from the French into almost every language of cultured Europe and was widely popular.

St. Francis de Sales also invented a sign language to communicate to a deaf parishioner, and for that reason he is also patron saint of the deaf.

For his appealing writings on the teachings of the Church and how to grow in Christian devotion, he was also declared a Doctor of the Church.

NOTE: From 1666, when his feast day was inserted into the General Roman Calendar, until its 1969 revision, St. Francis de Sales was celebrated on 29 January.

Image: An earlier post this week linked to an article from the MET museum titled "What is a Reliquary?" Speaking of reliquaries, this photo shows a beautiful heart shaped and colored glass one that contains a relic of St. Francis de Sales' heart.

The photo was taken when the relic was venerated in August at the annual Chapter Meeting of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The saint is co-patron along with St. Thomas Aquinas of the institute that is dedicated to providing the Mass and the Sacraments in the traditional (extraordinary) form of the Roman rite..
#THEMET #MET #stfrancisdesales #ICKSP
#icrss #reliquary #relic

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