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. It is a testimony of the vigor and subtle beauty of Gregorian chant as sung today in the United States.
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.