It has been a while since I posted about music collections! In honor of today’s solemnity, I would like to share a few CDs in our collection that we use for a variety of Marian celebrations during Ordinary Time, whether they are solemnities, feast days, memorials, or ordinary Saturdays held in honor of Our Lady. The music on these CDs are well-known in our household.
As is anything else released by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, this CD is a fantastic resource! The unaccompanied voices on this CD never fail to help me turn my thoughts toward Heaven just by listening. The popular classics, such as the Ave Maria and Immaculate Mary, are on this CD, but so are some lesser known Marian songs: The Art the Star of Morning, Maria Trinitatis, and Daily, Daily, Sing to Mary. If you are looking to add a bit of calm and peace in your Marian celebration, you cannot go wrong with this beautiful CD. And, as always, I suggest purchasing your CD directly from the Sisters so that they can benefit from your patronage as much as possible.
The Catholic Classics series by GIA Publishing is one of the first musical sets I collected after my reversion to Catholicism a dozen years ago. My tastes have changed since then, so I did not keep most of the CDs. I did keep this, one, though. It is a fantastic mix of Marian hymns from our Church’s rich cultural tradition, including Marian antiphons in Latin as well as newer Marian hymns in English. My favorite track is a, 18th century Polish hymn, “Serdeczna Matko.” What a treasure! Try to get a copy of this, if you can. Volume 4 of the same series, Latin Classics, also has several Marian tracks on it, and Volume 5, Simple Gifts of Praise, has a peaceful rendition of the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria.
This is a beautiful Latin chant CD by the Franciscan Friars of St. Saviour’s Monastery in Jerusalem. The CD is a mix of different chants, but it includes four Marian ones: Tota pulchra es, Ave Maria, Magnificat, and Salve Regina. The Magnificat alone will melt your heart. I do not speak Latin, so I have no idea what they are singing, but when the friars harmonize in the Magnificat, my soul is fed. I am getting choked up just hearing it in my head! This entire CD is a worthwhile addition to your collection, for Marian and other Catholic celebrations, and the knowledge that your are helping a Catholic community of friars in Jerusalem is a nice bonus.
Like the CD above, Fr. Stan Fortuna’s CD offers a mix of music from our Catholic heritage, but it does include five Marian tracks. Fr. Stan is a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, and his voice is not for everyone. If you enjoy it, you will enjoy this CD. The flavor of the tracks is not what you would expect from something listed as traditional; Fr. Stan incorporates a lot of different cultural sounds into his music. The songs are beautiful and upbeat.
If you have kids in the house, this is a great resource! Children’s Christian music has been very hit or miss with me; some songs are fantastic while others are so terribly irritating that I want to punch something when I hear them. Most of the songs on this CD are really fun for both kids and parents to listen to. Our current favorite is “I Wanna Say Yes,” with its cathy lyrics that are sure to get stuck in your head: “I wanna say yes, YES!, just like Mary did, I wanna say yes, YES!, just like Mary did, I wanna…” You get the picture. I have never actually listened to the audio show for this CD. I purchased the songs as mp3 tracks, but it appears that they are not available digitally on Smile.Amazon right now. I hope they return.
May the Blessed Virgin pray for you and your family!