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Chants for St Benedict

Chant in English

Listeners will be familiar with plainsong recordings from monasteries, sung in Latin, which convey the traditional monastic sense of timeless prayer. There are some other recordings of church and monastic music, sung in English, principally for Eucharistic liturgies.

Here, for the first time on CD, the English Benedictine monks of Worth Abbey, who have been singing their daily monastic prayer in English for over thirty years, have made available to others the sense of prayerfulness that is a characteristic of their community prayer in their spacious Abbey church.

St Benedict

This recording is of the monastic prayer for the Feast of Saint Benedict, celebrated twice each year: on 21st March, the celebration of Saint Benedict passing from this life to the next; and on 11th July, the celebration of Saint Benedict as Patron of Europe.

The music

Worth Abbey's organist organist, Dom Philip Gaisford, has skilfully composed most of this music, skillfully combining the best of the traditional tones with the unique demands of the English language.

The Prayer at Midday is accompanied by the hauntingly beautiful sounds of a zither, a stringed instrument sounding like a harp, and which is the sort of instrument thought to have been used in times before Christ to accompany the singing of psalms.

Recording details

Disk Number: HAVP172
Title: Chants for St Benedict
Subtitle: Sung in English
Choir Name: The Benedictine Monks of Worth Abbey, Sussex, England
Conductor: Alistair Warwick
Location: Worth Abbey, Sussex, England
Date Recorded: August 1994
Produced by Herald AV Publications
The Studio, 29 Alfred Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8ND  England

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Track details

Track

Track Title

Duration

Office of Readings: Matins

1

1. Invitatory and Invitatory Psalm

02:33

2

2. Hymn – Our blessed father, Benedict

01:20

3

3. Psalm 8

02:02

4

4. Psalm 14

01:35

5

5. Psalm 23

02:40

6

6. Canticle – Ecclesiasticus 14

02:28

7

7. Responsory – The just man

01:53

8

8. Te Deum laudamus
Final Prayer

02:46

Morning Prayer: The Office of Lauds

9

1. O God, come to our aid

00:33

10

2. Hymn: Father of many children, evermore

02:48

11

3. Psalm 1

02:00

12

4. Canticle – Daniel 3:2-57

02:02

13

5. Psalm 116

01:20

14

6. Short Reading – Wisdom 7: 13-14

00:31

15

7. Canticle of Zechariah – Benedictus

02:47

16

8. Intercessions
The Lord's Prayer

02:47

17

9. Final Prayer and Blessing

00:55

Midday Office

18

1. O God, come to our aid

00:38

19

2. Hymn – Lord God and maker of all things

01:20

20

3. Psalm 125

01:06

21

4. Psalm 126

01:17

22

5. Psalm 127

02:02

23

6. Short reading (Ecclesiasticus 45: 3-6)
Responsory and Final Prayer

01:53

Evening Prayer: The Office of Vespers

24

1. O God, come to our aid

01:15

25

2. Hymn: Lord God, we give you thanks for all your saints

01:36

26

3. Psalm 109

01:47

27

4. Psalm 138

03:44

28

5. Psalm 112

01:39

29

6. Canticle (Revelation 15)

01:41

30

Short Reading (James 3: 17-18)
Responsory

01:35

31

8. Canticle of Mary – Magnificat

02:31

32

9. Solemn Litany
The Lord's Prayer

03:00

33

10. Final Prayer and Blessing

00:54

Night Prayer: The Office of Compline

34

1. O God, come to our aid

00:34

35

2. Hymn – Stay with us, Lord (words by Alan Griffiths)

01:37

36

3. Psalm 90

03:37

37

4. Scripture Reading (Revelation 22: 4-5)
and Short Responsory

01:58

38

5. Canticle of Simeon – Nunc dimittis

01:59

39

6. Concluding Prayer and Blessing

00:37

40

Anthem to the Blessed Virgin Mary – Salve Regina

00:49

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Contact

Contact Alistair Warwick at:
Ardarroch, Glen Road, Dunblane, FK15 0GY, Scotland
+44 (0)1786 823000 | +44 (0)7792 566349
hello(at)alistairwarwick.com