Monday, February 20, 2006

The Divine Liturgies Music Project

Take a tranquility break. Listen to this incredibly beautiful Gregorian Chant.

The unaccompanied, monophonic Gregorian chant takes its name from Pope St. Gregory the Great, who brought it to the West from Bytantine. Traditionally sung by monks during religious services, its use was at its height during 800-1000 A.D. It is probably descended from the Jews, who supposedly sang the Psalms in this manner.

To learn more about Gregorian chants, read the entry at Wikipedia. To hear more early doxologies, chants and related music, check out the Divine Liturgies Music Project.

The Project's website contains more than 1000 pages of Byzantine music, transcribed into Western notation according to the style of chanting used on the Holy Mountain. The scope of this project covers the liturgies of St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great, St. James, and the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, as well as various doxologies. The words of the hymns are provided in Elizabethan English, Modern English, and Greek.

A special thanks goes out to Fellowcraft Mason Jason Voss for clueing us into the Project's website.

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