Thanks to a 1994 CD by the Spanish monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, Gregorian chant hit the top of the charts worldwide, and has continued to be a listening favorite for many people, whether they are Catholic or not. So many listen to Gregorian chant for relaxation, yet Gregorian chant is meant for the liturgy. In this program Susan gives a basic introduction to the various types of Gregorian chant and how the Church has used them over the centuries. Susan focuses on the spirituality of chant, and how it can draw us closer to God.
Of all the hours in the Divine Office, or Liturgy of the Hours, none has had such a wealth of music composed for it more than vespers. In this show Susan features music for Vespers including a range of music from Gregorian chant, work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and some excerpts from modern settings of Vespers.
Thr Propers, which are those prayers and texts that are different for each Mass, are little known to most Catholics these days. In their 2007 document, Sing to the Lord, the Bishops of the U.S. wrote: “Proper antiphons from the liturgical books are to be esteemed and used especially because they are the very voice of God speaking to us in the Scriptures.” Susan plays recorded examples of the Propers, both in English and Latin, and both chant and polyphonic, and relates these examples to specific liturgical days and their spiritual significance.
“Christmas in the Cloister, Gregorian Chant and Christmas Carols” is the new CD of Mount St. Mary’s Abbey Nuns who will be talking about the life of the Cistercian nuns of the past and present.
In this program, Lynn takes a look at some of the performances of the choirs of Westminster Cathedral in London. The Westminster Cathedral choir is considered one of the best choirs in the world and has a long history of rich liturgical music.