Music to Inspire the Conclave of Cardinals

Musica Vaticana

I imagine Pope Urban VIII offering the liturgy at St. Peter’s Basilica on a summer day in 1638, offering his prayer that he might do God’s will as he puts the finishing touches on a bull protecting the existence of the Jesuit missions in South America by forbidding the enslavement of natives.  He hopes, too, that he might open China and Japan to greater missionary efforts.  As he stands before the great altar, he reflects on the mystery of Christ’s birth.  The setting for the liturgy is the Missa … [Read more...]