Seminary Community Reaches the Top Charts on Billboard’s List of Traditional Classical Albums

“Sancta Nox: Bavarian Christmas Matins,” has 17 songs recorded at St. Magnus Abbey, a German monastery built in the 12th century.

Newsroom (11/10/2021 5:46 PM , Gaudium Press) In just a few days, the latest album of Christmas carols released by the Seminary community of St. Peter has reached the top of the chart on Billboard’s list of traditional classical albums.

“Sancta Nox: Bavarian Christmas Matins,” has 17 songs recorded at St. Magnus Abbey, a German monastery built in the 12th century. The collection consists mainly of Gregorian chants sung by seminarians from St Peter’s Seminary in Wigratzbad, Bavaria.

A way of expressing Faith and praying to God

“We are very surprised and grateful that people have already found this recording, and humbled that they have decided to add this music to the Christmas experience and traditions,” said Manuel Vaz Guedes, one of the seminarians. He believes that music is one of the most perfect and profound ways to express Faith and pray to God.

“We can meditate on the words because they are the formal part of prayer – they are the prayer we address to God – but we have the opportunity to do so [while] enjoying the beauty of the melody or the harmony; the beauty of music is a participation of the perfect Beauty that is God,” he noted.

Directed by a Grammy winner

The group of seminarians, whose average age of 25, was directed by classical music producer and Grammy winner, Christopher Alder; and Grammy-winning engineer Christian Weigl. (EPC)

Compiled by Gustavo Kralj

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