Cistercian Chants (Music for Mondays)

It was the summer of 2008. My wife and kids headed to California to visit family. I would follow them two weeks later for a vacation too (and to ensure they came back to Tennessee with me).

So I was alone in the house for two weeks. It was quiet. When I would come home from work, I didn’t turn on the television, or the radio. I ate, read, and prayed. And I did other things, like cut the yard and feed the dog, and wash the dishes. But as a freshly minted Catholic, I was enjoying the silence and using it to read Scripture, read other books, and learned to pray the LOTH.

I stumbled across an article on the internet that mentioned the album Chant: Music for Paradise put out by the Cistercian monks of Stift-HeiligenKreuz. Say that 10 times as fast as you can. I dare you! By this time, I knew what Cistercians were, I knew that Pope Benedict XVI was a German, and I had taken a few years of German in high school.  So I bought the album and loaded it up into i-Tunes on my Mac.

It’s all sung in Latin and by this time, I actually knew what a few of these songs meant in translation. But not most of them. But I know this: whenever I played them in the house during those two weeks, my soul felt at peace. And the same thing happens when I listen to them know.

What follows are a few selections that I hope you will enjoy. Note: not all are from the album, but i-Tunes is only a click away.

The background on the monastery and how the recording came about.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92YVt6y3Gfk]

Spiritus Domini, This is the video Father Karl mentioned above. 459,486 views as of this writing (and counting…)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiRpXsWlZK4]

Testamentum Eternum

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74d3gWJOV-4]

Dedit Dominus Confessionem Sancto Suo

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrrSnKweft4]

Virtute multa

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gji2Tu2Y0yY]

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