Through their teaching, their recordings, and above all their example, the monks of Saint Benedict Abbey in Saint-Benoît-du-Lac have been, for over 80 years, staunch advocates of the Gregorian chant [...]
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By their teaching, their recordings and, especially, by the example they have set for more than 75 years, the monks of Saint-Benoît Abbey have been the most dynamic proponents of the Solesmes’ style of chanting started a century ago. After having launched a new edition of Cantus Mariales: Medieval Sacred Chants to the Virgin Mary, almost 15 years after his first release, Analekta is proud to offer reissue Pax, a truly timely gift in our days and age, a message standing at the very heart of the Benedictine monks’ motto.
The Benedictine monastery of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac was founded in 1912 in Southeastern Québec by the French abbey of Saint Wandrille, part of the Saint Pierre de Solesmes congregation. As spiritual descendants of Saint Benedict, further drawing their inspiration from Dom Prosper Guéranger, the monks of Saint-Benoît approach the Liturgy with the greatest of care. As do the monks of Solesmes, they pay special attention to the way prayer is sung in the incomparable tradition of Gregorian chant.
“Peace on earth, good will to men.” (The Gospel according to Saint Luke)
For over 14 centuries, Gregorian chant has appeased, comforted and reconciled. It has opened our hearts and lifted our souls, and through music it has bound the spirit of man to that of the Creator inspiring him. Offering a new generation of music lovers this essential recording of Gregorian chant on the theme of Peace by the monks of the Abbey of Saint-Benoit-du-lac is a truly timely gift.
It is the Prince of Peace who is sung here (Introit Lux fulgebit). As Saint Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “He is our peace… He has come to proclaim peace, peace for you who are far away, and peace for you who are nearby.”
Angels announced this peace on the day of the Nativity of Jesus Christ: (Gloria in excelsis Deo). During the course of his life on earth, the Son of God took on the role, day after day, of a man of peace, proclaiming the well-known beatitudes, “Blessed are the people of peace for they will be called the Children of God.” (Beati).
In spite of obstacles, he always tries to lead men on the road of peace (In viam pacis, Benedictus canticle), to offer it to our time (Tua est) to share it with his people, and the faithful who turn to Him using words of peace (Loquetur). After His resurrection, Christ left his apostles a sole legacy, one of peace, His peace (Pacem relinquo vobis), in a gesture that keeps renewing itself, day after day, in many forms.