On November 3rd, St. Patrick's Seminary hosted the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship with its Victoria's Requiem Mass, featuring “The Benedict Sixteen”, a 16-voice professional choir, directed by guest conductor John Renke. This special Mass for the souls of the faithful departed was celebrated by two great Church leaders: His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze and His Excellency, The Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone. A reception with Cardinal Arinze and Archbishop Cordileone followed the Mass and included a reflection by Cardinal Arinze on Sacred Liturgy and a vibrant Q&A session.
The music for the Mass was composed in 1603 by Spanish Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria. Included in the program was the Missa Pro Defunctis from the Introit through to the Communio. The choir also sang a wonderful rendition of Dies Irae. You can see the entire Mass in the video below - beautifully filmed by MS Photo and Video.