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Archbishop explains goal of new liturgical institute ("Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music...")
Catholic San Francisco ^ | 1/9/2014 | Christina M. Gray

Posted on 01/09/2014 6:56:20 PM PST by markomalley

On the eve of the feast of the Epiphany, more than 200 sacred music lovers from around the archdiocese and beyond filled the parish hall of St. Sebastian Church in Greenbrae and practiced Gregorian chant with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone in preparation for afternoon vespers.

The event, organized by St. Sebastian pastor Father Mark Taheny and a group of parish volunteers, served as the archbishop’s launch point for publicly introducing the new Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park and its director, Benedictine Father Samuel Weber.

Archbishop Cordileone explained to the assembly that he created the institute to “reclaim the sense of the sacred” in liturgical expression at the parish level and to offer a deeper sense of formation to lay ministers such as lectors, music directors, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion and those who bring Communion to the sick. The institute’s program – still in development while it seeks funding – will offer liturgical education courses toward certification at St. Patrick’s, at parishes and online.

According to the archbishop, a liturgical mindset and a sensitivity to the sacred is critical to the integrity of worship. He said the institute can provide the necessary foundation to parish pastors who choose to use it as a resource.

“It’s not enough to know how to pronounce the words correctly,” said the archbishop using the role of lector as an example. “To proclaim the word of God well, you must know what the words mean in an historical context and what the author is trying to say.” Extraordinary ministers of holy Communion likewise must develop eucharistic piety and devotion he says. “It’s not just a matter of doing a job, it’s a matter of loving the Lord and handling what is most sacred to us.”

Music is at the heart of the institute, the archbishop said as he introduced Father Weber, founder of the Institute for Sacred Music in St. Louis and a highly regarded scholar, composer and practitioner of chant in the English-speaking world.

“We want to reclaim sacred music which is so much at the heart of our celebration of the Mass,” said the archbishop who puts Gregorian chant at the first place of the Mass. “It doesn’t replace other forms of music, but those forms must be in harmony with the sacred traditions of chant.”

The archbishop said that he has emphasized to the pastors in the archdiocese that the institute is a resource, not a requirement being imposed on them. He said that all lay ministers and indeed all Catholics benefit from a renewal of traditional forms of worship.

“My experience is that when people are exposed to the riches of the church’s traditions, when they are properly explained and when a person is properly catechized, they respond and get excited about being Catholic,” said the archbishop. “Formation helps solidify and deepen their own Catholic identity.”

For more information about the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, and to participate in an important survey that may help shape the program, visit

TOPICS: Catholic
H/T to Fr Z
1 posted on 01/09/2014 6:56:20 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Who came up with the current/new music to the Gloria? It’s unsingable. I hope this is just my parish and not everywhere.

2 posted on 01/09/2014 7:45:20 PM PST by Steve0113
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To: Steve1789

Nope. It’s unsingable. It’s so bad the people are singing the verse and the choir or cantor sings the whole now.

3 posted on 01/09/2014 8:12:27 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: markomalley
THIS is what most modern liturgical music sounds like.
4 posted on 01/09/2014 9:08:54 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: markomalley

There are different types of Glorias to different types of masses, mass of creation, glory, etc.

5 posted on 01/10/2014 4:15:27 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl
There are different types of Glorias to different types of masses, mass of creation, glory, etc.

Those are simply different Mass settings.

For example, the "Mass of Creation" was written by Marty Haugen.

The "Mass of Glory" was written by Ken Canedo and Bob Hurd.

The "Heritage Mass" was written by Owen Alstott.

The "Mass of the Resurrection" was written by Randall DeBruyn.

Personally, I think they should all be scrapped. But that's just me.

6 posted on 01/10/2014 5:00:57 AM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I think you need to go to Confession for sending me to that link, Jeff. LOL


7 posted on 01/10/2014 5:56:22 AM PST by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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