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Thursday, October 13, 2011

St. Peter's Abbey, Solesmes: 'Christus Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat!

This video is dedicated to and in solidarity with the martyred and persecuted Coptic Christians of Egypt.

This 11th century monastic chant is based on 8th century Carolingian Acclamations.

The Benedictine Abbey of Solesmes is a metaphor of the Christian life.  Founded in 1010, it suffered considerably during the Hundred Years' War and was dissolved during the French Revolution.  In 1833 it was reborn in response to a vision.  By 1837 it had not only received Papal approval, it was elevated to the rank of abbey and made head of a restored French Benedictine Congregation.  Between 1901 and 1922 it was closed several times and the monks were driven into exile in England by oppressive, secular French governments.  Yet the community of monks endured those trials and the hardships of two World Wars. They have since spawned new monastic communities throughout the world. St. Peter's Abbey  endures today where it began in 1010, as a Benedictine Abbey in Solesmes, France.

Where the cross is, there also is the Resurrection.

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