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Sacred Music

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

The “devil’s chord”: A forbidden medieval musical sequence

If you thought Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was spooky, think again.

Lose yourself in the absolute beauty of sacred choral music

These tunes tempt us to throw away the hymnals.

San Quentin inmates are studying Gregorian chant

California institution where Johnny Cash once crooned will hear ancient chants during liturgy.

CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium is making gorgeous sacred music in Chicago

Catholic musicians from all over the world gather to study sacred music.

Are these the 17 most beautiful hymns to Mary?

We bet there are a few here you've never heard.

Listen to King Alphonse X’s “Canticles of Holy Mary,” the most famous medieval collection of Marian songs and hyms

These Cantigas are comprised of 420 medieval poems, all of which mention the Virgin Mary

Musical families: Before the Von Trapps, there were the Bachs

Johann Sebastian Bach had 20 children, some of whom became famous composers themselves.

Listen to the Byzantine chant ‘Terra tremuit’ (“The Earth trembled”)

This chant has been part of Easter services since, apparently, the 7th century.

Here’s a YouTube playlist featuring some traditional Roman Catholic Latin Mass hymns

From Gregorian "laudes" to papal coronation hymns, this playlist features some of the choral treasures of Roman Catholicism.

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