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Singing at St. Michael's Abbey is nothing new. Learning sacred chant starts in the seminary and becomes part of the Norbertines daily life. Father Jerome Molokie of St. Michael's explains, "for the first two years after they enter, there is a daily chant class five days a week for about 45 minutes."
After all these centuries, the chants are still in use and retain their sacramental quality, their supple vigor, and the ability to dispose the soul for the contemplation of God and His Mysteries.
The eclectic selection on this album is a cross-section of music sung at the Abbey that includes chants from the liturgy as well as motets and music from the Renaissance era. The latter is sung on more solemn occasions like Easter, Pentecost, Christmas and the other great feasts of the liturgical year.
Tracks: 1. Tu Nobis Dona (Palestrina) 2. Arbor Decora (Palestrina) 3. Exultet 4. Qui Confidunt 5. Cantemus Domina 6. Vinea Facta Est 7. Laudate Dominum 8. Vinea Facta Est 9. Attende Coelum 10. Sicut Cervus 11. Ave Maria (Palestrina) 12. Panis Angelicus (Palestrina) 13. Spiritus Domini 14. Spiritus Sanctus 15. Veni Sancte Spiritus 16. Confirma Hoc 17. Factus Est Repente 18. Verbum Caro