Monday, March 28, 2011

Yet Another Musical Post

Last year I ordered a CD of translations and meditations by Blessed John Henry Newman from the Catholic Truth Society. The music was performed by the Schola Cantamus with narration by The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham. This month, the same artists have released a CD dedicated to Our Lady of Walsingham!

According to the website:

Walsingham was England’s most important Marian Shrine from 1061 until the Reformation. Its 20th Century revival by both the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches has been of huge spiritual benefit to the many thousands of pilgrims who have visited and continue to visit the two shrines in Walsingham each year.

Our Lady wanted Walsingham to be a witness to the Incarnation of Our Lord, a central element of faith for all Christians. As Our Lady of Walsingham draws people of differing Christian denominations and other faiths on to common ground, Walsingham is an example of ecumenism at its finest.

To reflect this ecumenism, the music selected for this recording includes both ancient and modern, Latin and English, Catholic and Anglican. Once again, I am indebted to Archbishop Bernard Longley, who has taken time from his busy schedule to narrate this CD. I am equally indebted to the Administrators and staff of both shrines, and the members of the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham, for their encouragement and participation in the production of this CD.

The shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham will celebrate its 950th anniversary this year! This CD will also surely benefit from the publicity around the first Ordinariate this Lent and Eastertide.

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