Saint Gregory of Nyssa (CD-ROM)

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From St. Joseph's Abbey
A Collection of Works & Studies

By Br. Richard McCambly & Prof. David A. Salomon, this CD-ROM collects many works by St. Gregory of Nyssa -– brother of St. Basil the Great and, with St. Gregory Nazianzus, one of the Cappadocian Fathers –- includes McCambly's rare English translation of the Commentary on the Song of Songs, one of the great monuments in early Christian mysticism. As the translator puts it, in Gregory's writings, he discovered "a fundamental premise of monastic existence which applies to all forms of Christian life, namely, that our progress in putting on Christ is never ending; new vistas continually open up, and this process continues for eternity."

Also included are the Commentary on the Inscriptions on the Psalms, as well as commentaries on Ecclesiastes, Psalm 6 and 1 Corinthians 15.28, the theology of ordination, the death of infants, the faith, and examinations of other Church figures.
An additional background of chant is provided by Cistercian sisters of Wrentham Abbey; selections include Lord to You I Call (with stanzas from the liturgical Office of St. Gregory of Nyssa), Obikhod Chant, Doxastikon, Greek Chant, Hail Gladsome Light, and Carpathian Melody. Selections in this recording are taken principally from texts composed for the feast of St. Gregory, celebrated yearly on January 10.

This CD-ROM is Microsoft Windows compatible.

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Richard McCambly, OCSO is a monk of St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts and David A. Salomon is Professor of English Literature at Sage College in Troy, New York

St. Joseph's Abbey: Spencer, Massachusetts

St. Joseph's Abbey is a monastery of the Catholic Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.), popularly known as the "Trappists", located in Spencer, Massachusetts.

The Abbey was founded in 1950 by Belgian and French Trappist monks from the Monastery of Our Lady of the Valley in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, which had burned to the ground. In the rustic hills of central New England, they established a new home in which to follow an age-old contemplative way of life.

The monastery became known internationally as the origin of the Centering Prayer movement, whose leading proponents were monks at the monastery: Fr. William Meninger, Fr. M. Basil Pennington and Fr. Thomas Keating.

Work has always been greatly esteemed in the Cistercian tradition, since it gives the monks the opportunity to follow in Christ' footsteps and share in His Divine work of creation and restoration. The monks participate in three major industries which provide for their livelihood and for the care of the poor. Since the 1950s, they have produced Trappist Preserves, their popular line of 30 flavors of jams and jellies. Since 1949, The Holy Rood Guild has created beautiful, finely-tailored liturgical vestments to enhance the dignity of the Sacred Liturgy. In 2014, with the advice and assistance of their brother Trappists in Belgium, the monks founded Spencer Brewery, producing the first and only certified Trappist beer made in the United States.