Chants from the Benedictine Monks of Rostrevor

Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery, Rostrevor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

When I was in Northern Ireland, I stayed at a retreat center in Rostrevor, in County Down. Just four miles down the road is Holy Cross Monastery, which according to its website is the first new Benedictine monastery in Ireland since the twelfth century! It was established in 1998, and currently is home to six monks. I attended lauds there one morning, and mass on Sunday; nearly all the locals who spoke of the monastery mentioned that the monks sang beautifully, and indeed they were right.

Happily, the monks have posted three MP3s on their website, so you can hear their lovely singing for yourself. Just follow these links to enjoy.

Credo •  Jubilate •  Suscepimus

The monks indicate on their website that these tracks are samples for downloading, so feel free to save these to your computer or iPod.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Alex Tang

    Thanks for highlighting the Holy Cross Monastery. Looks like a good place to visit in Northern Ireland. The Gregorian chants are great. Any idea how we can purchase thier CD?

  • Carl McColman

    I’ve emailed them to ask just that question. When I receive a reply, I’ll post it here.

  • trev

    I love Gregorian chant! Thanks so much!