Monks record sacred music that is ‘part of air we breathe,’ says one

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June 2, 2015

This is the cover of "BENEDICTA: Marian Chant From Norcia," a CD of sacred music that will be released June 2. It was recorded by members of the international community of Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy. (CNS/Universal Music) See MONKS-MUSIC June 1, 2015.

This is the cover of “BENEDICTA: Marian Chant From Norcia,” a CD of sacred music that will be released June 2. It was recorded by members of the international community of Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy. (CNS/Universal Music)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Once again the hills are filled with the sound of music, only this time the music soars from Benedictine monks rather than the Von Trapp Family.

In Norcia, Italy, about 70 miles northeast of Rome, there is an international community of monks who operate a craft brewery and spend hours a day chanting the Mass and the Divine Office.

“It’s part of the air we breathe,” said Father Cassian Folsom, who founded the community. “There’s a lot of pollution in our world, and so the pure oxygen of Gregorian chant is like a breath of fresh air.”

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