The Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey
Jade Records is proud to release the first record by the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey - Christmas at St. Michael's Abbey: Chants for the Three Masses of Christmas.
This recording includes the proper chants of the three Masses of Christmas (Midnight, the Mass at dawn, and the Mass of the day) as sung at St. Michael's Abbey. They are still in use after all these centuries and retain their sacramental quality, their supple vigor, and the ability to dispose the soul for the contemplation of God and His Mysteries.
The repertoires of chant are almost like "dialects" of the Gregorian repertoire - there is a substantial overlap of texts and settings found in the Roman Missal (for the Mass) and Antiphonarium (for the Liturgy of the Hours), but there are items that differ in part of completely.
St. Michael's Abbey is a community of Norbertine Canons Regular in Orange County, California. Its first members were Hungarian priests who escaped to the United States to leave communism and settled in California in 1957. The community was raised to the status of an abbey in 1984, because of its growth. St. Michael's Abbey now numbers nearly 70 members.
Members of the abbey live a life that combines monastic observance and a complete singing of the choral office and Mass every day with an active apostolate.
1. Missa in Nocte: Introit
2. Missa in Nocte: Gradual
3. Missa in Nocte: Alleluia
4. Missa in Nocte: Prose
5. Missa in Nocte: Offertory
6. Missa in Nocte: Communion
7. Missa in Aurora: Introit
8. Missa in Aurora: Gradual
9. Missa in Aurora: Alleluia
10. Missa in Aurora: Offertory
11. Missa in Aurora: Communion
12. Missa in Die: Introit
13. Missa in Die: Gradual
14. Missa in Die: Alleluia
15. Missa in Die: Offertory
16. Missa in Die: Communion
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