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Thursday, December 18, 2008

'Christmas at St. Michael's Abbey' the Perfect Holiday Gift to Soothe the Soul

Chants for the Three Masses of Christmas Performed by the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a musical journey that brings calm and reverence to the beauty of the holiday season, the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey raise their voices in song on their first recording of Gregorian chant. The CD is called Christmas at St. Michael's Abbey: Chants for the Three Masses of Christmas.

Available just in time for the holiday season, the album, released by Jade Music, was recorded on site by the Norbertine Fathers in the Abbey's small church in Silverado, CA.

All royalties received by St. Michael's Abbey from the sale of the album are donated to St. Michael's Abbey Expansion Project. Having discovered that the Abbey and its other buildings on site are situated on geographically unstable ground, the community of Norbertines must relocate. This is a major fund-raising project, as the construction of a new abbey, preparatory school, and housing facilities is currently underway.

Sung in Latin, the Gregorian chants include Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Prose, Offertory and Communion for all three Christmas Masses (Midnight, Dawn & Day) as they are sung at St. Michael's Abbey. After centuries of use, these chants still retain their sacramental quality, supple vigor, and ability to dispose the soul for the contemplation of God and His Mysteries.

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