Remembering the Mysteries in the Life of Jesus, Son of Mary
The Choir of Benedictine Nuns at the Abbey of Regina Laudis
Meditations: Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B.
CD - 65 minutes
Includes a 53 page illustrated booklet with an outstanding discussion of the Rosary and chant, the history of the abbey and its impulse, and full text and translation of the sung text and meditations
Recordare – “to remember.” Here the Choir of Benedictine Nuns joins Mary, Mother of Jesus, in “pondering all things in her heart.” These crystalline chants merge two traditions – the Gregorian tradition of the chant itself and that of the meditated Rosary, the beaded prayer that calls the petitioner to stand with Mary as she experiences the mysteries of her Son’s life: The Joyful Mysteries from annunciation to finding her twelve-year-old son in the temple; the Sorrowful Mysteries, beginning with the Agony in the Garden and ending with the Crucifixion; and the Glorious Mysteries proceeding from the Resurrection through to Mary’s Enthronement in Heaven.
These chants are not performances, but are the prayers themselves, and this infuses the music and the meditations with a life and depth that moves the heart. The multi-layered, living depth of the Rosary prayer/meditation is given yet another dimension by this beautiful choir. This is music that has the power to heal and move us forward.