The Chants of Christmas; Christmas Masses and the Marian Antiphons

The Chants of Christmas; Christmas Masses and the Marian Antiphons
Featuring the sixteen-voice Gloriae Dei Cantores Schola, critically acclaimed in both Europe and the U.S., this exquisite recording offers chant settings of all four Christmas Masses.
The Chants of Christmas; Christmas Masses and the Marian Antiphons [CD]

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The sacred mystery of Christmas comes to life in the ancient melodies of Gregorian chant! Featuring the sixteen-voice Gloriae Dei Cantores Schola, critically acclaimed in both Europe and the U.S., this exquisite recording offers chant settings of all four Christmas Masses.

The first, the quietly joyful "Missam in Vigila," builds on the anticipation of the coming event. The second Mass, the tender "Missam in Nocte," is sung at the hour traditionally observed as the time of Christ's birth. "Ad Missam in Aurora," the Mass celebrated at dawn on Christmas Day, expresses the coming of the Light into the world. The fourth, "Ad Missam in Die," is a jubilant expression of the salvation and righteousness of God. Each Mass includes settings for the introit, gradual, alleluia, offertory, and Communion.

In honor of Mary's special role in the Incarnation, the recording closes with several ethereal Marian antiphons (including the beloved "Salve Regina"), most of them featuring women's voices. The CD booklet contains complete Latin texts with English translations for all the Mass chants and antiphons, as well as extensive introductory notes.

Experience the timeless solemnity of this holy season with The Chants of Christmas.