If you love Gregorian chant . . .

Paraclete Press has made available a treasure of rare recordings of Gregorian chant sung by the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Solesmes in France. Read what Joel Morehouse at New Liturgical Movement says about the recordings. I bought a couple of CDs after reading Mr. Morehouse’s article.



Holy Week 2018: what to listen to and read

Holy Week is here. It is a time of meditation, prayer and penance (Go to Confession, as Father Z tells us).

I have compiled a list of things to read and music to listen to.


St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach: the best recording is by John Eliot Gardiner with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in 1989 (Deutsche Gramophon).


Pre-1955 Holy Week Propers: This is an excellent website for those who want to download Holy Week booklets in Latin and English, and more!

The Liturgical Year: Passiontide and Holy Week by Dom Prosper Granger


The Benedictines of Mary need your help

This came from Father John Zuhlsdorf’s websiteThe Benedictines of Mary need your help. These sisters pray for priests in a special way.  They are the real deal.  They have the Extraordinary Form and so many vocations that they need, soon, to make a foundation.

Dear Friends in Christ,

As we make final preparations in our homes and in our hearts for the coming of our Savior, we want to send our love and prayers to all of you. We thank you for your past support, knowing that we couldn’t live our lives of prayer without your generous assistance.

If you are still in need of Christmas gifts, we have all of our CDs in stock, and are offering them right now for just $12 each!

Any orders placed before 9am(CST) today will be shipped today, and orders placed by 9am Monday will be shipped on Monday.

[NB] Amazon inexplicably stopped selling our Caroling at Ephesus CD early last week, so we unfortunately lost a tremendous number of sales. So we reach out to you now, hoping that through your kindness, we might make up for this loss, which will help us to raise the last $150,000 needed to make our final construction payment of the year.

We would be most grateful if you could spread the word by any means, near and far! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your goodness and continued support!

In the Divine Infant,

Mother Cecilia & Sisters

p.s. After many requests, we’ve finally made our first wall calendar, available soon. Please check our website mid-week if you are interested!

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I have two CDs of the Benedictines of Mary: Adoration at Ephesus and Advent at Ephesus. Such beautiful music!


Recommended Christmas music


Are you looking for beautiful music for Advent and Christmas? Here are my favourites:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium Muenchener Bach Orchester, Karl Richter (conductor)

Angels & Shepherds 17th Century Christmas (Netherlands Bach Society)

Lux Fulgebit: The Mass at Dawn of Christmas Day (St. Mary’s Schola Cantorum & David J. Hughes): Lux Fulgebit: The Mass at Dawn of Christmas Day features the world premiere recording of the 16th-century Mass Christe Jesu by William Rasar, in the context of a sung Mass in the traditional rite (Extraordinary Form). You can also order the CD directly from http://www.stmarynorwalk.net/cd./

Advent At Ephesus (Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles)

O Come All Ye Faithful – Favourite Christmas Carols (Stephen Cleobury and King’s College Choir Cambridge)

Don’t forget to watch (or listen to) the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols held in King’s College Chapel on Christmas Eve (United Kingdom). A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast live on the BBC TV and Radio 4 on 24 December at 3pm (10:00 EST or 07:00 PST). The service is also broadcast at 2pm on BBC Radio 3 on Christmas Day, and at various times on the BBC World Service. In the United States the service is broadcast by around 300 radio stations, including American Public Media and its affiliates (Minnesota Public Radio and WNYC-New York, for example). You can watch previous years’ Carols from King’s on YouTube.