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Sacred Music

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

The melody Paul Simon borrowed from Bach

Simon's "American Tune" draws its melody from Bach's "O Sacred Head Now Wounded."

Aleteia is now on Spotify! Here’s our Contemporary Sacred Music playlist

Featuring works from Sean O’Riada, Arvo Pärt, Domenico Bartolucci, and others.

The little discussed faith of Beethoven

The 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth will kick off a year of Beethoven themed events.

“O Adonai”: Salvation history in four lines

The second O Antiphon is a cry out to the Lord.

The Great O Antiphons, an Advent tradition

Since the 8th century, these chants have been sung at the beginning of the Magnificat each evening from December 17 through December 23. 

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.

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