For this recording, we have chosen the ancient Gregorian chant repertoire for the Mass and Burial of the Dead, commonly known as the Requiem. The reality of death is so vivid to human experience, and the Requiem reflects that reality. While eliciting sentiments of sadness that naturally come with mourning, it all the more inspires hope. The calmness of the chant reveals a spirit of rest or repose, which is what the very word requiem means. It is often said that music is meant to ‘clothe the texts.’ To that “order now” end, we invite you to follow along with the text in the CD booklet as you listen.
We are grateful for this is opportunity to share what we do as priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and we hope its beauty does well to express the deepest longings of the human heart in search of God.
20 selections, including “Antiphon Exsultabunt Domino with Psalm 50, Tolling of the Bell, Sequence Dies ira, Sanctius, Responsory Qui Lazarum, Responsory Peccantem me, Pie Jesu Domine.