Among the Catholic religious songs, Gregorian chant holds the place of honor in the Catholic Church even if after the Second Vatican Council it has lost its importance. The sovereign Pontiffs have always spoken of it with praise.
Gregorian chant has earned this place of honor because of its antiquity; for centuries it was the only song...
Time : 40 mn - Author : Un moine de l'Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval
Author : Thierry Mechler and the choir of monks of Flavigny
CD of Gregorian chant : Les Heures grégoriennes en mp3
... practiced by the monks. The exclusive use of the Latin language, the profound harmony of the spiritual life and the musical style that serves him, has earned him universal diffusion and recognition as the official song of the Church.
If over the centuries the purity of the song has been altered and a certain decadence followed, we owe a great gratitude to the Abbey of Saint Peter of Solesmes which, under the impetus of its founder Dom Prosper Guéranger, works, with a scientific rigor, since the 19th century to the restoration of this church song. We can say that their efforts have been crowned with success by the liturgical books published by them and adopted by many.
At the abbey of Saint Joseph Clairval, located in Flavigny sur Ozerain in Burgundy, the monks practice daily Gregorian chant during the divine service.
In the late 1980s, the community of monks recorded three audio tapes, Now available only in CD. These recordings were made live, during the service itself. These CDs thus keep the atmosphere of prayer proper to Gregorian chant. In 2007 and 2009, two other cd of Gregorian chant were realized and recorded in the Church of the Abbey with the active presence of the whole community but outside the divine office.
The cd "organ and Gregorian chant in honor of the Blessed Sacrament" includes pieces of organ alternating with Gregorian chant in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. This CD was made to finalize the restoration of the organ. Two years later, in 2009, the monks community of Flavigny Abbey made a Gregorian chant CD in honor of Saint Joseph. The Abbey of Flavigny being under the Patronage of Saint Joseph, the community had to make such a recording that took place in the church of the abbey with the participation of the entire community. In this category we have added two cd of Gregorian chant that are not sung by the monks of our abbey but only edited.