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Sunday, August 27, 2006
Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut Continues the Usage of Gregorian Chant

On a recent Monday at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut, about 35 nuns gather in a dim chapel to chant, as they do every day at noon.

Making their way through Psalm 118, the nuns sit or stand; some face different directions, while others bow steeply. Throughout, their voices remain in unison.

Pope Benedict XVI would approve. After a concert of 16th- and 17th-century music recently, the pope said he would prefer to hear Gregorian chant and other traditional types of music play more of a role during Mass.

That’s good news for the cloistered nuns at the Bethlehem abbey, which is known around the world for its devotion to Gregorian chant and is one of the few places where it is sung with such frequency and intensity. The nuns sing seven times a day; some interrupt their sleep to chant at 2 in the morning.

As a huge fan of Gregorian chant, I loved reading this article. Remember, Gregorian chant remains the official chant of the Latin Rite in the Catholic Church.

Image Source: Nuns from the website of the Abbey of Regina Laudis


del_button August 29, 2006 at 9:06 PM
Ginny said...

Hey Moneybags it is a very small world indeed. The Abbey of Regina Laudis is just ten minutes from my house. It is isn Bethlehem Ct. I know some of these nuns personally. I have gone to vespers there in the evenings when I am off from work and can make it. it is very lovely. Maybe if you are ever out this way you can make a visit there

del_button September 30, 2010 at 12:21 PM
Anonymous said...

Number 2 on your list of unacceptable comments is sad to see. But I guess, after all, that's the point of serious faith: No outside information allowed. If we could keep all our children that protected, everyone would believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, as well as your guy in a white beard sitting on a cloud, and the world would be lovely. Some day I hope you rethink.

del_button December 27, 2011 at 8:08 AM
Anonymous said...

thankyou so much for your time and faith...without God we are nothing....xoxo

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