A Message from Archbishop Cordileone:
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
On December 8, 2018, at 2 p.m. St. Mary’s Cathedral will celebrate something new and historic: The Mass of the Americas.
It is the first new Mass commissioned for the Cathedral since the Installation Mass in 1971. The Benedict Sixteen 16-voices professional choir will carry the chorale sacred beauty. The Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship is sponsoring the Mass, which was written by our composer-in-residence, award-winning Bay area composer Frank La Rocca.
The Mass of the Americas is a simultaneous tribute to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (the patroness of the United States) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (the patroness of both Mexico and all the Americas). It is written in Spanish, Latin, English and Aztec, the language Our Lady of Guadalupe spoke to San Juan Diego. It is in the high sacred music traditions of the Church, yet incorporates traditional Mexican folkloric hymns to Mary, especially La Guadalupana.
The Mass of the Americas thus embodies the way Mary, our Mother, unites all of us as God’s children. After this historic first celebration, The Mass of the Americas will be going on an international cathedral tour, including Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedrals in Dallas and Tijuana.
Please come if you can. EWTN will be televising and livestreaming the Mass of the Americas if you can’t.
May God’s blessings be on your and your loved ones,
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone