A Child is Born: Chant Christmas (CD)

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The Trappist Monks of
the Abbey of Gethsemani

Join the monks of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky as they celebrate Christmas with peaceful chants sung in Trappist monasteries around the world since the Middle Ages. Includes Rorate Caeli Mass, "O" Antiphons (Mode I), First Vespers, Night Office and Midnight Mass. All sung in Latin. Insert lists all tracks but does not contain text or translations.

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1. Missus Est (Mode VII) (SAMPLE)
2. Conditor Alme Siderum (Mode IV) (SAMPLE)
3. Rorate Caeli Mass: Introit: Rorate Caeli (Mode I) (SAMPLE)
4. Rorate Caeli Mass: Psalm Verse (Psalm 18) (SAMPLE)
5. Rorate Caeli Mass: Kyrie (Mode I)
6. Rorate Caeli Mass: Oration: Festina, Quaesumus
7. Rorate Caeli Mass: Lesson: Locutus Est Dominus
8. Rorate Caeli Mass: Gradual: Prope Est (Mode VI)
9. Rorate Caeli Mass: Gospel: Missus Est
10. Rorate Caeli Mass: Offertory: Ave Maria (Mode VIII)
11. Rorate Caeli Mass: Preface
12. Rorate Caeli Mass: Sanctus (Mode II)
13. Rorate Caeli Mass: Agnus Dei (Mode I)
14. Rorate Caeli Mass: Communion: Ecce Virgo(Mode I)
15. Rorate Caeli Mass: Benedicamus Domino
16. The 'O' Antiphons (Mode I): O Sapientia
17. The 'O' Antiphons (Mode I): O Oriens
18. The 'O' Antiphons (Mode I): Alleluia: Veni, Domine (Mode I)
19. The 'O' Antiphons (Mode I): Announcement Of The Christmas Solemnity
20. First Vespers Of Christmas: Antiphons: Antequam (Mode I)
21. First Vespers Of Christmas: Joseph Fili David (Mode VII)
22. First Vespers Of Christmas: Completi Sunt (Mode VIII)
23. First Vespers Of Christmas: Ecce Jam Venit (Mode VI)
24. First Vespers Of Christmas: Responsory: O Juda (Mode IV)
25. First Vespers Of Christmas: Hymn: Christe, Redemptor (Mode VIII)
26. First Vespers Of Christmas: Antiphon At The Magnificat: Cum Esset (Mode VIII)
27. The Christmas Night Office: Inviatory: Christus Natus Est (Mode IV)
28. The Christmas Night Office: Responsories: Hodie (Mode V)
29. The Christmas Night Office: O Magnum (Mode III)
30. The Christmas Night Office: Ecce Agnus Dei (Mode VII)
31. The Christmas Night Office: Verbum Caro (Mode VII)
32. The Christmas Night Office: Hymn Of Lauds: A Solis Ortus Cardine (Mode III)
33. Midnight Mass: Inroit: Dominus Dixit (Mode II)
34. Midnight Mass: Gradual: Tecum Principium (Mode II)
35. Midnight Mass: Alleluia: Dominus Dixit (Mode VIII)
36. Midnight Mass: Offertory: Laetentur Caeli
37. Midnight Mass: Communion: In Splendoribus (Mode VI)


Christmas is the annual feast commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, over 2000 years ago. For Christians, it is not just a single day (December 25), but an extended liturgical season of joy and celebration, involving many different symbols and traditions, special music and activities, which vary significantly among different countries and cultures. For religiously observant Christians, the Christmas Season begins at sunset on Christmas Eve, December 24, and lasts from 12 days to 40 days. In some ecclesial traditions the Christmas Season might end on January 6 (the traditional date of the Feast of the Epiphany); in others it might last until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (usually the Sunday after Epiphany), or might even last all the way to February 2 (the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, 40 days after December 25). January 6, usually celebrated as Epiphany, carries different significance in various church traditions. Due to different calendars in use in various eras and locations of the church, some cultures and church traditions celebrate Christmas on January 6 (in the older Julian calendar still used as the religious calendar in Eastern Churches, January 6 corresponds to December 24 on the modern Gregorian calendar).

Although we cannot know the exact date of Jesus' birth, it has been celebrated on December 25 since the early fourth century, when most of the Roman Empire adopted the Christian religion. It replaced the mid-winter Roman festival of "the birth of the sun god" (sol invictus), celebrated just after the winter solstice.

Etymologically, the word "Christmas" derives from Old English "Cristes mæsse" (literally "Christ's festival"). It is similar to Dutch Kerstmis, but is significantly different in derivation and meaning in many other European languages: German Weihnachten ("Blessed Night"), Italian Natale, Spanish Navidad, French Noël (all ultimately derived from Latin natalis, "birth"), and Scandinavian jul (from which is derived the English yule).

The official liturgical color of the Christmas Season for most Churches is white or gold, not green and red, as many people assume because of their prevalence in secular celebrations.

Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani: Trappist, Kentucky

Located south of Bardstown, Kentucky, the Abbey of Gethsemani is the oldest Trappist monastery in America (founded from France's Melleray Abbey in 1848), and likely the most famous as well. Gethsemani's fame stems primarily from its most famous resident: monk, author, and spiritual icon Thomas Merton. Since Merton's death, Gethsemani has grown from a home for contemplative Cistercian monks into a center of inter-religious dialogue, and a place of pilgrimage for people of all faiths and none.

The monks earn their living by making cheese, fruitcake, and bourbon fudge. As is usual in monastic life, those with particular talents are encouraged to use them; thus the monastery is a home to musicians, artists, gardeners, craftsmen. Work, seen as service, is assigned by the abbot, and preference is given work favorable to prayer.

Aerial photo by Br. Paul Quenon
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CD chants for Christmas
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I put it in my Christmas music CD collection.
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