A year after the release of their first album, In Medio Ecclesiae, the friars of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., present Ave Maria: Dominican Chant for the Immaculate Conception. Produced by Dominicana Records and recorded in the beautiful acoustic of Washington’s Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, Ave Maria features chants for the Mass of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for Compline on Marian feasts.
On December 8, 1854, Blessed Pope Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Fifty years later, when the Dominicans established a new house of formation in Washington, D.C., it was dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. For more than a hundred years, the Dominican friars of the Priory of the Immaculate Conception have lovingly hailed Mary as their Mother and Patroness, praising her each night with the Salve Regina and celebrating with special solemnity the feast of her Immaculate Conception on December 8. The repertoire of the album includes Mass settings dating from before and after the promulgation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. In addition, this recording offers some of the Marian chants sung by Dominicans in the celebration of Compline, such as the iconic Salve Regina.
Proceeds from the sale of this album support the Dominican students in Washington, D.C.
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