Music-making Benedictine monks top charts

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Friday 19, June 2015 | Category:   Catholic culture,Mission & Evangelization
A new Gregorian chant CD by a group of Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s classical music chart.
A new Gregorian chant album by a group of Benedictine monks in Norcia,
Italy, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s classical music chart.
Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy—birthplace of Saint Benedict and his twin sister Saint Scholastica—have recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's classical music chart for their album of Gregorian chant, "Benedicta." 
 
Prior Cassian Folsom, the monastery's leader, founded the community of 18 men, half of them Americans, in Rome, but the people of Norcia recruited the monks to move into the town's ancient monastery.
 
Gregorian chant is, first and foremost, a form of prayer, based on the Psalms and other ancient texts. It has been “sung over centuries and centuries,” Folsom said, and to monks “chant is part of the air we breathe.”
 
Read the full story of the Benedictine community here.
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