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Sacred Music

Aleteia's curated collection of music performed or composed for liturgical use or religious motives.

Listen to ‘Veni, Veni, Emmanuel,’ a traditional Advent hymn

The hymn is a synthesis of the “O Antiphons” sung for Vespers during the octave before Christmas.

Listen to the Benedictine Monks of Silos singing Gregorian Chant

This album made #3 in the Billboard 200 music chart, and is a certified triple platinum.

This is the earliest known manuscript of a Christian hymn (audio included)

The Oxyrhyncus Hymn praises the Holy Trinity. The manuscript preserves both the lyrics and the original musical notation.

How Gregorian chant was born

Christian chant has a long history that begins in the Gospels themselves. And Pope Gregory I compiled it.

Listen to Arvo Pärt’s rendition of the Creed for his Berlin Mass

The musical work was commissioned for the 90th Katholikentag, a festival organized by lay Catholics in German-speaking countries.

Listen to all the mysteries of the Rosary, in Gregorian chant

The soothing repetitiveness of the Rosary, when sung, takes this devotional meditative practice to new heights.

Listen to the ‘Dum Pater Familias,’ a hymn from a 12th-century pilgrim guide

“To Lord St. James! To God’s St. James! And onward! And upward! God speed our way!”

Listen to Arvo Pärt’s rendition of Psalm 130, “De Profundis”

The Estonian musician, considered the founder of “holy minimalism” in music, became the first composer to ever win the Ratzinger Prize, back in 2017.

Leo Nestor (1948-2019): How can we keep from singing?

We have lost one of the greatest Catholic composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Newly composed Vespers combines the beauty of sacred music with the thrill of jazz

J.J. Wright was inspired to write Vespers for the Immaculate Conception after his wife miscarried at 12 weeks.

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