SSJ Cathedral Pipe Organ Fund

The pipe organ has long been the Church’s favorite instrument to use in Mass. Please help the Cathedral of the Diocese of Phoenix get one if you can.



Happy Corpus Et Sanguis Christi!


Corpus Et Sanguis Christi Sequence

Sing forth, O Zion, sweetly sing,/ The praises of thy Shepherd-King,/ In hymns and canticles divine;/ Dare all thou canst, thou hast no song,/ Worthy his praises to prolong,/ So far surpassing powers like thine.

Today no theme of common praise/ Forms the sweet burden of thy lays –/ The living,/ life-dispensing food –/ That food which at the sacred board/ Unto the brethren twelve our/ Lord/ His parting legacy bestowed.

Then be the anthem clear and strong,/ Thy fullest note, thy sweetest song,/ The very music of the breast:/ For now shines forth the day sublime/ That brings remembrance of the time/ When Jesus first his table blessed.

Within our new King’s banquet-hall/ They meet to keep the festival/ That closed the ancient paschal rite:/ The old is by the new replaced;/ The substance hath the shadow chased;/ And rising day dispels the night.

Christ willed what he himself had done/ Should be renewed while time should run,/ In memory of his parting hour:/ Thus, tutored in his school divine,/ We consecrate the bread and wine:/ And lo – a Host of saving power.

This faith to Christian men is given –/ Bread is made flesh by words from heaven:/ Into his blood the wine is turned:/ What though it baffles nature’s powers/ Of sense and sight? This faith of ours/ Proves more than nature e’er discerned.

Concealed beneath the two-fold sign,/ Meet symbols of the gifts divine,/ There lie the mysteries adored:/ The living body is our food;/ Our drink the ever-precious blood:/ In each, one undivided Lord.

Not he that eateth it divides/ The sacred food, which whole abides/ Unbroken still, nor knows decay;/ Be one, or be a thousand fed,/ They eat alike that living bread/ Which, still received, ne’er wastes away.

The good, the guilty share therein,/ With sure increase of grace or sin,/ The ghostly life, or ghostly death:/ Death to the guilty; to the good/ Immortal life. See how one food/ Man’s joy or woe accomplisheth.

We break the Sacrament; but bold/ And firm thy faith shall keep its hold;/ Deem not the/ whole doth more enfold/ Than in the fractured part resides:/ Deem not that Christ doth broken lie;/ ‘Tis but the sign that meets the eye;/ The hidden deep reality/ In all its fullness still abides

Lo! the angel’s food is given/ To the pilgrim who has striven;/ see the children’s bread from heaven,/ which on dogs may not be spent.

Truth the ancient types fulfilling,/ Isaac bound, a victim willing,/ Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling,/ manna to the fathers sent.

Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,/ Jesu, of your love befriend us,/ You refresh us, you defend us,/ Your eternal goodness send us/ In the land of life to see.

You who all things can and know,/ Who on earth such food bestow,/ Grant us with your saints, though lowest,/ Where the heav’nly feast you show,/ Fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.

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Jesus the Divine Pelican

Anniversary of our parish perpetual adoration chapel! 🙂

This post is dedicated to St. Tarcisius.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everybody! This Triduum is always such a joy! It is especially beautiful here at our Cathedral parish, with our wonderful bishop celebrating all the special liturgies, our angelic choir singing Gregorian chant in the loft (Visit the blog of one of our talented choir ladies here:, and the best and most reverent altar boys in the diocese (Two of them being my brothers.)!

lord's supper

On Holy Thursday we gathered for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, our last Mass until Easter! It was so BEAUTIFUL! Then we processed in great grandeur to our fellowship hall where we reposed our Eucharistic Lord and adored Him a while. How sad to be without the Blessed Sacrament for so long!

The story of the Divine Pelican:

Eucharistic miracle video:


On Good Friday we read the Passion “skit” reading together as a Church during the Communion Service. (I never feel quite that comfortable with the congregation reading the part of the chorus shouting “Crucify Him!”, but it is indeed true that we are the reason He suffered what He did. We shout that every time we sin.) The church was so empty! No Holy Water, no bishop’s ring, no statues, no perpetual adoration chapel, no sanctuary decorations, and no Eucharist!

Good Friday conversion story:

The Passion of the Christ “My Deliverer” music video (Moves me to tears!):

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On Holy Saturday: nothing, absolutely nothing. That’s exactly it. There is nothing without Jesus. We simply wait with Our Lady of Solitude at the tomb for the Easter we know is coming, sharing in her faith.

Donate to the building of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery:

OLOS Monastery’s stained glass windows video:–No


And then the beautiful Easter Vigil! More than half the church had to be reserved for all 920 converts! The sanctuary decorations were back, the bishop’s ring was back, the Holy Water was back, the Perpetual Adoration Chapel was back, the statues were back, and best of all the Eucharist was back! I was so glad when the sanctuary lamp was lit! So happy to have a reason to genuflect again! Easter is here! Jesus is back! Alleluia!

Litany for Easter:

“My Jesus I Love Thee” music video (one of my favorite hymns):

Have an awesome Easter! God bless you!

St. Ignatius Loyola

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Tomorrow evening begins our Cathedral’s Teaching Tuesday series on prayer. (See my post “An AMAZING Experience!” The classes that inspired Father Lankeit to give these talks draw from the wisdom of one of my most favorite saints: Ignatius of Loyola.

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556) was a very noble soldier of the Spanish army. His courage was so remarkable that after losing a fierce battle with the French, his enemies admired him and took it upon themselves to treat his leg that had been smashed by a cannonball. Unfortunately, medical care back then was not sufficient to treat such a serious injury. After the extremely painful and not completely successful surgeries, the action-loving warrior was bored to tears while confined to his bed indefinitely. He asked his sister-in-law (in whose house he was staying) for books containing grand tales of battle, but all she could find were a couple volumes on the life of Christ and of the Saints. In reading these books out of sheer desperation, he discovered the battle for souls to which he was called and started the Jesuit Order (of which our dear Pope Francis is a member) upon recovery. He wrote the famous Spiritual Exercises and was so grateful to God for His blessings each day, that he was constantly on the verge of tears. He died of illness at age 65. He is the patron of retreats, scruples, vocational discernment, and the Jesuit Order.

The Anima Christi by St. Ignatius Loyola

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.
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An AMAZING Experience!


At my parish of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral we have an annual tradition called “Teaching Tuesdays”. On each of these series of Tuesdays we attend the 6:30pm Mass and afterward walk across to Smith Hall for an inspirational talk given by our Cathedral’s rector Father John Lankeit (–my all-time favorite speaker!  Father Lankeit recently began a course on contemplative spiritual direction (which basically means helping people learn to pray on a deeper level). He found what he’s been learning so far has to be so fascinating that he’s chosen it as this year’s Teaching Tuesdays theme, the title being “Teach Us To Pray” (Luke 11:1). Having been able to already glimpse a little of what we’ll be discussing in his homilies, I can tell that it’s going to be an AMAZING experience! I’d like to invite anyone reading this post to consider visiting our Cathedral on the Tuesdays of February 24 through March 24 to experience this “amazingness” for themselves. (Even if you aren’t Catholic, I’m certain you will find it enjoyable. Father Lankeit is such an excellent speaker!) The info is listed below, and if you need more info, you can contact me at Oh, and if you end up missing the first one or two talks, don’t worry. It’s the kind of series that you can still gain a lot from if you miss part of it.

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Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona

Father Lankeit’s words on “Teach Us To Pray”: —page 3 —page 3 —page 3

Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona
Ss. Simon & Jude Cathedral
6351 N. 27th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85017

“Teaching Tuesdays”

Fr. Lankeit presents:Lord, Teach Me to Pray
~Luke 11:1“Teaching Tuesdays” is a series of talks in a casual setting. This time the Lenten series is on prayer.  There is something for every person from all faith levels. Regardless of the state of your prayer life, there is something for you.Please join us on:Tuesday, February 24
Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday, March 10
Tuesday, March 17
And Tuesday, March 24In Smith Hall at 7:30 p.m.
(Following the 6:30 p.m. Mass)