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The Un-Gala: An Amazing 3D Pilgrimage to Rome's St. Cosmo and Damian

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An Amazing 3D Pilgrimage to Rome's St. Cosmo and Damian, an ancient Basilica. See it like you never have before.

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This is nothing like you have seen before: A 3D pilgrimage to a great, historic, beautiful church in Rome.

You've seen other virtual events called "pilgrimages": mostly PowerPoint plus a lecture. That's not what this pilgrimage is. This is the next best thing to hopping on a plane to Rome.

Better, maybe, because we will be able to walk around the church of St. Cosmos and Damian in virtual reality space together with Archbishop Cordileone and our amazing new senior fellow Amy Guiliano.

Amy studied theology at the Angelicum at Rome, where she served as an art guide and watched her secular colleagues "explain away" a lot of great Christian art through the lens of hostility. She wants to tear away the barriers the secular art world puts up to allow us to experience these works of art as the artist intended: as a revelation of God, from God.

She studied art history and digital media at Yale, which gave her a grant to launch her personal apostalate: digitally preserving the great sacred Catholic churches in Italy, Jerusalem, and beyond. She wants to give more Catholics the conversion of the heart that comes from encountering the great ancient sacred spaces of our Faith. (Those of us who heard who experienced her July 31 3D tour and talk of the eucharistic significance of Michelangelo's Pieta won't soon forget it.)

You can learn more about the magnificent Basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano, a church in the Roman Forum that dates to 527 AD.

But here's the basic plan for the UnGala, which will be our major fundraising event for this year.

First we gather and experience Sacred Beauty together. You find out what this new technology is capable of for yourself--that's important because we want your help to preserve the Mission churches of California, and to build new educational and spiritual pilgrimages to honor the great St. Junipero Serra, and to give more Catholics a better understanding of why Pope Francis acknowledged him as a saint.

After, we get a chance to hear from Archbishop Cordileone about the state of the Church in America in this post-Covid age and share your own thoughts about how to move forward.

Second, we will learn more about the great St. Junipero Serra from the great-great-grandson of Chief Turino, who was baptized at Mission Dolores in 1794.

Third, we will share with you the exciting new project Benedict XVI Institute has in store, thanks to the innovative Archbishop Cordileone including:

New great works of music by Frank La Rocca and his "school" of living Catholic Artists

Honoring St. Junipero Serra Project which includes both creating new virtual reality pilgrimages to the Mission churches and responding to the hate and destruction by but commissioning new works of art honoring St. Junipero Serra and the American Saints.

What is the St. Junipero and the American Saints project? Our poet-in-residence James Matthew Wilson inspired us when he wrote "The River of the Immaculate Conception" (commemorating The Mass of the Americas) as a poetic re-imagining of what America's history would look like if we took our country's deep Catholic roots seriously: While George Washington was founding America on one coast, St. Junipero Serra "The Apostle of California" was founding a Christian civilization on the other coast. And guess what I recently learned? St. Junipero Serra actually wrote in a letter that he was praying for George Washington's success!

Finally, we want to update you on the Archbishop's Truth, Beauty and Goodness project which includes amplifying the Archbishop voice for the Church.

Join us for the Un-Gala for a contribution of $500 per couple. Feel the difference Sacred Beauty can make. Join with other lovers of Beauty to learn about new ways to energize a Catholic culture of the arts and evangelize souls.

September 26, the Feast of Sts. Cosmos and Damian, Noon PM PACIFIC., 3 pm EASTERN. Thank you for registering today to recieve the Zoom link on September 26.

Who Are St. Cosmos and St. Damian?

Two Arab brothers, doctors, martyrs, and saints who practiced medicine in what was then the Roman province of Syria. They healed without accepting payment for their services leading to the nickname the "silverless" or the "unmercenaries." By doing so they attracted many to the Christian faith.

Arrested during the reign of Diocletian, they were tortured and refused to recant, dying to glory in the year 287 AD along with their younger brothers: Anthimus, Leontius, and Euprepius.

Veneration of these saints spread rapidly. As early as the 4th century, churches dedicated to the twin saints were established at Jerusalem, in Egypt and in Mesopotamia. Emperor Justinian (527-565 AD) attributed a cure to the St. Cosmos and Damian. He restored the city of Cyrus and dedicated it to the twins, brought their purported relics to Constantinople; and also built and adorned their church at Constantinople. In Rome, Pope Felix IV (526–530 AD) rededicated the Library of Peace (Bibliotheca Pacis) as a basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano in the Forum of Vespasian in their honor. The church is still famed for its sixth-century mosaics illustrating the saints.

The martyr twins are invoked in the Canon of the Mass in the prayer known as the Communicantes (from the first Latin word of the prayer): "In communion with the whole Church, they venerate above all others the memory of the glorious ever-virgin Mary, Mother of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ, then of blessed Joseph, husband of the Virgin, your blessed Apostles and Martyrs, Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, ...John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian and all your Saints: grant through their merits and prayers that in all things we may be defended by the help of your protection." They are also invoked in the Litany of the Saints, and in the older form of the Roman rite, in the Collect for Thursday in the Third Week of Lent, as the station church for this day is Santi Cosma e Damiano.

About the Basilica of St. Cosma e Damiano

The basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano is a church in the Roman Forum, parts of which incorporate original Roman buildings. The circular building at the entrance onto the Forum (not used today) was built in the early 4th century as a Roman temple, thought to have been dedicated to Valerius Romulus, deified son of the emperor Maxentius. The main building was perhaps the library of an imperial forum.

The Martyrdom of St. Cosmos and St. Damian, Fra Angelico

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