Guard Us Sleeping: Compline Psalms, Prayers, and Hymns for the NightCD-Audio
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- Publisher: Cowley Publications,U.S.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Dimensions: 126mm x 141mm x 10mm | 95g
- Publication date: 25 January 2004
- Publication City/Country: Blue Ridge Summit
- ISBN 10: 1561012556
- ISBN 13: 9781561012558
- Sales rank: 1,433,845
Compline, the ancient service of psalms, hymns, and prayers at night, is sung by the brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. Since ancient times, women and men of faith have murmured prayers at the end of the day-prayers for protection, prayers for peace, for sound sleep and good health. The brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist continue that tradition in their daily round of monastic prayer. Join them each night as they sing the praise of God before sleeping, and as they pray for the Church, the world, and themselves, asking for the protection of God to "guard us sleeping." This moving CD includes two versions of Compline and twenty hymns for the night. Included are beloved favorites, "Abide with me", "The day thou gavest", "Day by day", "God be in my head", and "God, that madest earth and heaven", as well as lesser-known "standards" sung at the monastery where the brothers live and worship. Also included are seven plainsong hymns tracing the full sweep of the liturgical year.
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What first alerted my ear was the strength and beauty of the vocal sound ... the [CD] begins with three plainchant tracks that seduce the ear with excellent intonation and incline the heart to the ageless emotions of the psalms. So it is an unexpected pleasure when there emerges a four-part hymn both rich in its voicing and velvet in tessitura ... Even more compelling was the second, contemporary service with its newly composed psalm tone, longer scripture reading, and invitingly dissonant Lord's Prayer ... the careful marriage of text and music was a masterful proof of how attentive one can and must be in the sung language of prayer ... In a busy work week, I can think of few better ways to relax in the evening, to raise one's mind to God effortlessly, and to bathe oneself in choral beauty than to sit and listen to this CD. The Living Church