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Benedicta: Marian Chant from Norcia ()

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composed by Anonymous, Anonymous, Chartres Polyphony, Anonymous, English, Anonymous, Manuscript of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in the 12th century, Gregorian Chant, Plainchant, Recorded Sound, Spoken Word

The potential buyer of an album of Gregorian chant has many choices, some of which have even reached top chart levels. But this one by the Monks of Norcia, a Benedictine group (said to make great beer) whose monastery is located near the original home of St. Benedict in Nurcia, Italy, stands out in several ways. First there is the program: chant recordings tend to bifurcate into new agey relaxation exercises on one hand and involved scholarly exercises on the other. Monks of Norcia bring a group of chants on a single ...

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  1. Bells: Bells from the Basilica
  2. Ave Maria virgo serena
  3. Scripture Reading, Bible: Dominus possedit me (Proverbs 8:22-24, Reading for Lauds of the Immaculate Conception)
  4. Nihil Inquinatum (Vespers responsory of the Immaculate Conception), for chorus
  5. Immaculée Conception
  6. Veni virgo beatissima
  7. Regali ex progenie (10th Century, Luds antiphon for the Nativity of Mary)
  8. Solem justitiæ, responsory (On Mary's Born Feast)
  9. Scripture Reading, Bible: Ecce virgo concipiet (Isiah 7:14-15, Reading for Lauds of the Annuciation)
  10. Gaude Maria virgo cunctas hærese, responsory (Pozsony Antiphonal)
  11. Gabriel Angelus (& Magnificat), antiphon in mode 7
  12. Sancta et immaculata virginitas, motet
  13. Rubum quem viderat (antiphon) & Magnificat
  14. Alma redemptoris mater
  15. Tuam ipsius animam (Vespers antiphon for Our Lady of Sorrows)
  16. Scripture Reading, Bible: Cui comparabo te? (Lamentations 2:13, reading for Lauds of Our Lady of Sorrows)
  17. Vadis propitiator, responsory in mode 7
  18. Ave regina celorum, antiphon
  19. Lætare Virgo Mater (from antiphons dedicated to the Rosary)
  20. Regina coeli, antiphon
  21. Concordi laetitia
  22. Scripture Reading, Bible: Benedixit te (Judith 13:22, Reading for Lauds of the Assumption)
  23. Vidi speciosam, responsory, mode 3
  24. Virgo prudentissima, antiphon in mode 1 (for the Magnificat for Assumption of Mary)
  25. Christi virgo dilectissima, responsory
  26. Sub tuum præsidium, devotional antiphon
  27. Scripture Reading, Bible: Ab initio (Sirach 24:14, Reading for the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
  28. Ave Maria, brief response in mode 6
  29. O gloriosa Domina - Amen
  30. Ave Maris Stella
  31. Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor, caritas song to the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday
  32. Salve regina, antiphon for choir
  33. Benedicta es, plainchant
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