Following the release of In Medio Ecclesiae and Ave Maria, the friars of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., present Gaudeamus: Celebrating 800 Years of Dominican Life. Produced in 2015 by Dominicana Records and recorded in the beautiful acoustic of Washington’s Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, Gaudeamus features chants, polyphony, and modern works to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Order of Preachers.
On December 22, 1216, Pope Honorius III approved St. Dominic’s plan for an order of preaching brothers who would travel throughout Europe and beyond proclaiming the joy of life in Jesus Christ. In eight centuries, these apostolic men have developed a fraternal life marked by the celebration of the Eucharist, devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, fellowship with saintly men and women of the Order, prayers for the deceased, and studious preparation for proclaiming the Word of God. The friars of the Dominican House of Studies release their third album in as many years, capturing these themes to mark the beginning of their 800th Jubilee. The album includes 5 original works by the friars. All proceeds from the sale of this album support the Dominican student brothers in Washington, DC. For more information see the album liner notes.
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