Thursday, December 11, 2014

Great Giveaway and Music Review: O Day of Resurrection!

Audio CD from New Camaldoli Hermitage (Jade Records, 2014)

O Day of Resurrection! Liturgy of the Hours for Sunday (Jade Music) is a 27- track recording of the Liturgy of the Hours beautifully chanted by the monks from the New Camaldoi Hermitage in Big Sur, California. The album was recorded in the chapel at their hermitage.

To listen to this album is to get a taste of the contemplative spirituality of the The Camaldolese Benedictine monks. We share in their prayers throughout the day when we listen to this album. The album is divided into four parts, which correspond to the order of the Liturgy of the Hours, as they are prayed throughout the day: Vigils, Lauds, Vespers, and Compline. The Liturgy of the Hours is a celebration in praise of God, which helps to sanctify the day. When we hear the monks chanting the hymns, we share in the community’s praise and worship of God and develop a deeper spiritual meaning and beauty of the Psalms. Listening to this community album, I was drawn into their peaceful, contemplative prayer, and felt uplifted and strengthened in my relationship with the Lord. While I often pray the Liturgy of the Hours alone, praying it with a community is a refreshing and grace-filled experience.

The Camaldolese Benedictine monks have a fascinating background. The monks trace their heritage to the 6th century monastic traditions of St. Benedict, as further defined in the 11th century by their founder, Saint Romuald. The three elements of the order’s charism are: solitude for personal prayer and meditation, communal prayer and work within the monastery, and contemplative outreach. They founded the New Camaldoli Heritage in Big Sur in 1958.  Their work includes: hospitality, retreats, running a bookstore, writing, original art, pottery, and music.

Here is a behind the scenes video that I think you will enjoy:

Thank you to Carmel Communications and Jade Music for this giveaway.

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