Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Latin High Mass Training Video (special offer for priests and seminarians)

A new training video is available through SanctaMissa.org - the website run by Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago where one of Grotto's own is studying as seminarian. Brother Matthew Schuster is seen in several of the video shots, as well as in still pictures on various webpages (he is seen in the snapshot I took from the video at the bottom of this post, to the far right, standing sideways).

The priests and brothers of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius serve in parishes and help Catholics to rediscover a profound sense of the Sacred through solemn liturgies, devotions, sacred art and music, as well as instruction in the heritage of the Church, catechetics and Catholic culture.

The music alone in the DVD is well worth the purchase (St. John Cantius has many choirs who focus on the great classics and chant, as well as orchestra. Here is a list of the background music on the DVD.

  • Missa de Angelis, Kyriale VIII
  • Offertoire sur des Noëls, l’Organiste Pratique livraison 1, Op. 39 - No. 6, Felix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
  • Vom Himmel hoch Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau (1663-1712)
  • Ave Maria, Josquin des Pres (c. 1450 to 1455 – 1521)
  • In Dulci Jubilo, Op. 28, No. 41, Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)
  • O Magnum Mysterium, Francis Poulenc, (1899 – 1963)
  • Hodie Christus Natus Est, Jan Peeters Sweelinck (1562 – 1621)
  • Gaudete Christus est Natus, Swedish Melody from ‘Piae Cantiones’ (1582)
If you are in the Chicago area, it is a must to stop in for Mass, and other devotions, especially on Sundays when you can hear some of the choirs. Click here for a complete schedule of daily liturgical and other devotions.

The DVD is not just for priests and seminarians. It's for anyone - altar servers, sacristans, church musicians and more. But, priests and seminarians can get the DVD for free with the purchase of other items (see the DVD link for details).

If you are unaware of this religious order and their website, and have an affection for a sense of the sacred in the liturgy, then you will want to spend more time perusing the material available through the site. Much is available online free and you can support their work with your purchases. Click on the various links I am providing and bookmark them. Here are just a few samples:

For Grotto-goers, another picture of Bro. Matthew taken December 23, 2008 where many other beautiful Christmas pics are posted (and he appears quite happy.....can't wait to visit this fine parish with my camera someday):

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