The “Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship” is being founded in San Francisco. This Sunday at 4pm, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will introduce the new institute at Epiphany Vespers at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church in San Rafael, California. Afterwards, Fr. Samuel Weber OSB will give a talk on the spirituality of chant.
Fr. Weber, a monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, was recently appointed to a teaching position at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. Earlier, he was founder and director of the “Institute of Sacred Music” established by then-archbishop (now Cardinal) Raymond Burke in St. Louis in 2008. He is highly regarded as an expert in chant and sacred music.
This is interesting: the website of the new Institute in San Francisco has an online survey for a new annual congregational missal to be published by Ignatius Press in collaboration with the new Institute:
Ignatius Press, in collaboration with the Pope Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship (Archdiocese of San Francisco) and Lighthouse Catholic Media, plans to publish an annual congregational missal that is fully consistent with the directives of Sacrosanctum Concilium.
The survey asks readers’ opinions on a variety of Mass settings published by GIA, OCP, WLP, and others. Of course no promises are made about the contents of the forthcoming missal – one wonders how they would negotiate the copyright difficulties in including the most well-known Mass settings.