Music and Chant
The monks gather in the Abbey Church several times each day for the Liturgy of the Hours and for Mass.
When they do, much of their prayer is sung. Chant, in both English and Latin, is the medium through which the all the psalms and canticles of the daily offices and the parts of the Mass are sung. A number of the monks have had specialist training in the theory and performance of chant.
The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council taught that Gregorian Chant is ‘specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.’ In Glenstal, much of the singing continues to be in Latin, particularly at Vespers (Evening Prayer) and in the chants of the daily Mass.
Over the years, the community has produced quite a few recordings of chant and other sacred music, often in collaboration with others. You can listen to extracts from a number of these by clicking on the links below. These and other CDs, along with a wide range of books, cards and gifts are available for purchase in our Shop.
The monastery has close links with the University of Limerick's MA programme in Ritual Chant and Song. More information about this course can be found HERE.
Track: Compline – Marian Antiphon Salve Regina
Album: Dies Domini
Track: Christus Factus Est
Album: Gregorian Chants
Track: We Venerate Thy Cross
Album: Vox de Nube
Track: Victimae Paschali Laudes