BENEDICTA by THE MONKS OF NORCIA

Check out this debut album from the Benedictine Monks of Norcia. De Montfort Music and Decca released 'Benedicta Marian Chant from Norcia' on 02 June, 2015. The album features 33 tracks of beautiful Gregorian Chant dedicated to Marian feast days found in the Divine Office and includes antiphons such as the "Regina Caeli" and "Ave Regina Caelorum".

Gregorian chant is sometimes described as a “prayer of song.” Saint Augustine wrote, “To sing is to pray twice,” meaning that it is the singing itself that becomes the prayer. St Benedict, in his Holy Rule, strongly encouraged his monks to conform their hearts to their song: “Sic stemus ad psallendum ut mens nostra concordet voci nostrae.” (“Thus may we sing so that our mind may be in harmony with our voice.”) Through this "prayer of song" and the offering up of their voices the monks offer also themselves. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has described this as “becoming” through song as an integral part of monastic culture: “The of culture singing is the culture of being.” (Address to the College des Bernardins, Paris, 2008).  The album is available from Amazon.co.uk