21 February 2009

More on St. Michael's Abbey

St. Michael's Abbey was founded by a group of Hungarian priests who escaped communist persecution to found a monastic community in California. You can hear all about it here.

You can also listen to the story behind the St. Michael's Abbey recording of its latest CD, Anthology: Chants and Polyphony from St. Michael's Abbey.

Royalties from the CD's purchase will go toward the St. Michael expansion project; the Abbey is sliding down a hill, and needs to relocate as soon as possible.

I have a copy of the CD myself, which I have found to be lovely. It's rare to find good recorded chant from an American monastic community (though those from Europe abound); a purchase would mean helping this religious community while enjoying the heavenly sounds it has helped create.