Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rome Italy: Gregorian Chant Benedectine Monasteries

Benedictines are well-known today for the Gregorian chant, which is done daily about 05:40.

A liturgical chant existed in Rome before Saint Gregory in the 6th century.

But Saint Gregory the Great gave it new prominence. After Saint Gregory the Gregorian chant tradition continued to develop and be enriched right through the upheavals that brought an end to the Middle Ages.

The monasteries, especially those of the Benedictine Order, have done much to preserve the Gregorian Chant heritage.

The Order of Saint Benedict (Latin name: Ordo Sancti Benedicti) is a Roman Catholic religious order of independent monastic communities that observe the Rule of St. Benedict.

Within the order, each individual community (which may be a monastery, a priory or abbey) maintains its own autonomy, while the organization as a whole exists to represent their mutual interests.

The monastery at Monte Cassino established in Italy by St. Benedict of Nursia (A.D.529) was the first of a dozen monasteries founded by him.

Even so, there is no evidence to suggest that he intended to found an order. To the contrary, the Rule of St Benedict presupposes the autonomy of each community.

Despite the absence of a Benedictine order, since most monasteries founded during the Middle Ages adopted the Rule of St Benedict, it became the standard for Western Monasticism.

The Benedictine monasteries went on to make considerable contributions not only to the monastic and the spiritual life of the West, but also to economics, education, and government, so that the years from 550 to 1150 may be called the "Benedictine centuries".

The largest number of Benedictines are Roman Catholics, but there are also Benedictines within the Anglican Communion and occasionally within other Christian denominations as well, for example, within the Lutheran Church.

While in Rome maybe you’ll find one here who’ll accept you:

Buon Viaggio!

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Blogger Barcelona Football Tickets said...

I love the Gregorian music and my wife has quite a collection of CDs. We lived in Italy for 2 years until recently.
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October 29, 2008 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Prague Traveller said...

Certainly the way the monks train their voices in quite incredible.

I have 2 Gregorian Chant CDs are they are great for listening to in the car on the way to work. I start work in a positive mood :)
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September 22, 2010 at 5:10 PM  

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