Easter in Silos (CD)

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From the Abbey of
Santo Domingo de Silos, Spain
Gregorian Chant (CD)

Within the heart of the Gregorian revival, the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos are respected the world over. This recording offers the most beautiful Gregorian works performed during the Easter Masses and Offices: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Discover the inimitable style of Silos – the rhythm, freedom and expressive power of love and faith.

Booklet includes liner notes, commentary and lyrics in the original Latin. The perfect accompaniment to everyone's Easter celebration. All chants in Latin. 8-page booklet with Latin text. 22 selections, total time: 50:57

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1. Responsorium, Modus IV (SAMPLE)
2. Introitus, Modus I (SAMPLE)
3. Oremus, Modus V (SAMPLE)
4. Communio, Modus VII (SAMPLE)
5. Oremus, Modus I
6. Hymnus, Modus I
7. Antiphona, Modus I
8. Lamentatio
9. Antiphona, Modus I
10. Gradualis, Modus V
11. Antiphona, Modus VI
12. Antiphona, Modus III
13. Antiphona, Modus VI
14. Sequentia, Modus I
15. Hymnus, Modus IV
16. Hymnus, Modus IV
17. Alleluia, Modus I
18. Hymnus, Modus IV
19. Antiphona, Modus V
20. Introitus, Modus VIII
21. Sequentia, Modus I
22. Hymnus, Modus VIII

Easter (Pascha)

Easter (called Pascha in the Eastern churches) is the most important religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to Christian scripture, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day from his crucifixion; this resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday. Easter also refers to the season of the church year called Eastertide or the Easter Season, the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter (Bright Week or Renewal Week in Eastern usage). Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the vernal equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on March 21. The date of Easter in the West therefore varies between March 22 and April 25. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian Calendar whose March 21 corresponds, during the 21st century, to April 3 in the Gregorian Calendar, in which calendar the celebration of Easter therefore varies between April 4 and May 8. In most years, the Eastern Pascha falls after the Western Easter, and it may be as much as five weeks later; occasionally, the two dates coincide.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover not only for much of its symbolism but also for its position in the calendar and, in most languages, its name. Pascha is a transliteration of a Greek word derived from the Hebrew pesach, both words meaning Passover. The origin of the English term "Easter" comes from the Germanic name for the month in which the Christian feast usually fell, which was named for the pagan goddess Eostre.

Perhaps the earliest extant primary source referencing Easter is a mid-2nd century Paschal homily attributed to Melito of Sardis, which characterizes the celebration as a well-established one. Evidence for another kind of annual Christian festival, the commemoration of martyrs, begins to appear at about the same time. But while martyrs' days were celebrated on fixed dates in the local solar calendar, the date of Easter was fixed by means of the local Jewish lunisolar calendar. This is consistent with the annual celebration of Christ's resurrection having begun during Christianity's earliest, Jewish period.

Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos: Spain

The Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos is a Benedictine monastery in northern Spain, which dates from 929, when it was dedicated to Saint Sebastian. It declined following Muslim raids, but was restored under the leadership of Saint Dominic of Silos (ca 1000–1073), who was abbot of the monastery, and after whom it was later renamed.

In 1835, the Abbey was forced to close under local political pressure, but by 1880, a group of monks from the Abbey of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes in France arrived to reestablish monastic life. The Solesmes monks also re-founded the choir under their own then newly-devised guidelines for plainchant singing, which is still the recognized standard for Gregorian plainsong performance within the Catholic Church. The Chorus of Monks of the Monastery of Silos has long been recognized as one of the finest in the world; they began to make recordings as early as 1957. They became internationally famous with the issue of several Gregorian chant albums in the 1990s, most famously Chant.
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