15 July 2009

Restoration of the Sacred

Perhaps there is no Order in the Church that seeks to fulfill the vision of Pope Benedict XVI like the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius. They are an Order of priests and brothers whose mission is to restore the sense of the Sacred through liturgy, art, music, and the traditional devotions of the Church. Based out of Saint John Cantius Parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago, they keep a very impressive daily schedule of prayer.

For their liturgies they have various choirs:

The Resurrection Choir which sings the classical liturgical music of the Church with the great composers like Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert.

The Cantate Domino Choir are young women who sing liturgical music composed for treble voices.

The Saint Cecilia Choir’s specialty is Renaissance polyphony.

The Sine Nomine Ensemble are musicians who offer the classical sacred masterpieces.

The Saint Gregory the Great Schola Cantorum are men who sing Gregorian Chant.

The Chorus Innocentium Sanctorum is composed of the youth.

Their schedule of Masses includes the Ordinary Form of the Mass in both Latin and English; and they offer the Extraordinary Form in both the Low and High Mass.

The Canons Regular has done a great deal in training priests to say the Extraordinary Form of Mass by offering instructional workshops and online tutorials through their Sancta Missa website.

Recently they spent a week with the EWTN family, and while there they offered the Solemn Latin Mass in the Ordinary Form, a Pontifical Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form with Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago as the Celebrant, a Pontifical Solemn Mass in the Ordinary Form with Bishop Perry as the Celebrant, and a Latin High Mass in the Ordinary Form.

The Order is also booming in vocations.