Why Gregorian Chant
“Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God” -The Rule of St. Benedict
In monastic life, the Liturgy of the Hours serves as a return point for the monk, a reminder that God is the author of all work and creativity. For all of us, no matter what our vocation, the regular chanting of the psalms can become a source of profound blessing and connection with Christians all over the world who join together in the praise of God, who is the source and giver of life.
Why Gregorian Chant? The Mission of Paraclete Press
Paraclete Press is the publishing house of the Community of Jesus, an ecumenical monastic community where Gregorian chant is a living tradition. The Liturgy of the Hours is sung daily at the Church of the Transfiguration, and Gregorian chant retreats and workshops offered regularly to visitors from around the world. Find out more about the Liturgy of the Hours at the Community of Jesus.
Paraclete Press has enjoyed a long-standing friendship with the Monks of Solesmes, France, who are recognized as the leading scholars in Gregorian chant. Paraclete distributes their books and recordings throughout North America.
The internationally acclaimed Gloriae Dei Cantores Schola, the resident Gregorian chant ensemble at the Community of Jesus, performs in concert at the Church of the Transfiguration and has released a discography of nine recordings, which are distributed by Paraclete Press.
Through many connections and relationships built over the years, Paraclete Press has become a central hub for Gregorian chant resources for hundreds of individuals, churches, libraries, and universities throughout North America.