Office of the Night (2-CD set)

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From the Carthusian Monks of Grande Chartreuse, France
OFFICE OF THE NIGHT (2-CD Set)


Following the incredible popularity and critical acclaim of the documentary film Into Great Silence, here is the first complete recording of the Office of the Night by the monks of Grande Chartreuse. This 2-CD set is a collection of chants, readings, prayers and sounds of silence recorded by film director Philip Gröning during his six-month stay at the monastery. Set includes an extensive 40-page booklet with liner notes, lyrics and prayers.

"This OFFICE OF THE NIGHT appeared to me to be the core of the Monks' life and spirituality, the heartbeat of the Order for more than 1,000 years. I wanted to share my experience with an audience." - Philip Gröning

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CD1 has 21 selections
Total time: 77:51

CD2 has 24 selections
Total time: 75:52


Track listing CD1:
1. Introduction
2. Invitatoire Psaume 94 / Invitation Psalm 94 (95)
3. Hymne Aeterne Rerum Conditor / Hymn Eternal Creator of the World
4. Psaume 20 / Psalm 20 (21)
5. Psaume 21 / Psalm 21 (22)
6. Psaume 22 / Psalm 22 (23)
7. Psaume 23 / Psalm 23 (24)
8. Psaume 24 / Psalm 24 (25)
9. Psaume 25 / Psalm 25 (26)
10. Lecture 2 Rois 19, 1-4
11. Lecture 2 Rois 19, 5-9a
12. Lecture 2 Rois 19, 9b-13
13. Lecture 2 Rois 19, 14-19
14. Psaume 26 / Psalm 26 (27)
15. Psaume 27 / Psalm 27 (28)
16. Psaume 28 / Psalm 28 (29)
17. Psaume 29 / Psalm 29 (30)
18. Psaume 30 / Psalm 30 (31)
19. Psaume 31 / Psalm 31 (32)
20. Lecture 2 Rois 19, 20-23
21. Lecture 2 Rois 19, 24-28

Track listing CD2:
1. Lecture 2 Rois 19, 29-34
2. Lecture 2 Rois 19, 35-37
3. Cantique 1 Tim 2 ; 3 / Canticle 1 Tim 2:5-6a, 3:16b
4. Cantique Col 1 / Canticle Col 1:12-20
5. Cantique Apoc 19 / Canticle Rev 19:1b-2a, 5b, 6b-7a
6. Evangile Lc 16, 19-20 / the Gospel According To Saint Luke Like 16:19-20
7. Homelie De Sahdona Sur Lc 16, 19-20 Livre De La Perfection Ii, 18-19.21-25
8. Homelie De Shadona Sur Lc 16, 19-20 Livre De La Perfection Ii, 10
9. Homelie De Shadona Sur Lc 16, 19-20 Livre De La Perfection Ii, 11
10. Homelie De Shadona Sur Lc 16, 19-20 Livre De La Perfection Ii, 12
11. Hymne Te Deum / Hymn We Praise Thee
12. Evangile Lc 16, 19-31
13. Introduction
14. Hymne Splendor Paternae Gloriae / Hymn O Splendor of God's Glory
15. Psaume 92 / Psalm 92 (93)
16. Psaume 99 / Psalm 99 (100)
17. Psaume 62 / Psalm 62 (63)
18. Cantique Des Trois Enfants Dn 3, 57-88 / Canticle of the Three Youths Dan 3:57-88a
19. Psaumes 148
20. Parole De Dieu Is 56, 7
21. Cantique De Zacharie Lc 1, 68-79 / Canticle of Zachary Luke 1:68-79
22. Kyrie Eleison
23. Notre Père / Our Father...
24. Oraison

La Grande Chartreuse: France

La Grande Chartreuse is the original monastery of the Carthusian order. It was founded by St. Bruno of Cologne in 1084 in the Chartreuse Mountains, near the city of Grenoble in France. The name Carthusian is derived from "Chartreuse," as is the word charterhouse (the English name for a Carthusian monastery).

A Carthusian monastery is sometimes described, paradoxically, as a community of hermits. Each monk passes most of his life alone in his cell where he prays, works, takes his meals, and sleeps. During the course of the week, he leaves only three times a day for offices and communal mass. The order has its own Rule, called the Statutes, rather than the Rule of St Benedict.

The Carthusians' work is not of a pastoral or missionary nature. As far as possible, they have no contact with the outside world. Their focus is their life of prayer, which they undertake on behalf of the whole Church and the human race.

Since the 18th century La Grande Chartreuse has been supported by sales of their eponymous liqueur, made from an ancient formula of some 130 herbs, plants, roots and leaves, which is known to only two monks at any time.