New CD of Irish Holy Week Music

April 17, 2014

The Irish Dominican province has just released an album of Irish Holy Week music, just in time for the Triduum. The album is entitled Hymns of Passion and Resurrection, and is a project of the Céli Dé Collective, a cooperative group of the Irish Dominicans and some of their associates. The album features 12 tracks which recount the story of Holy Week using old and new Irish hymns and tunes. The first three tracks, “Domhnach na Pailme,” “Duan Chroí Íosa,” and “Deus Meus,” lead up to Holy Thursday and the start of the passion of Christ, with tracks “Amhrán na Páise” and “Críost Liom.” On Good Friday we hear hymns of lament from the Mother of Jesus, “Caoineadh na dTrí Muire” and “Seacht nDólás na Maighdine Muire.” Holy Saturday is captured by two stark, but beautiful tracks: “Iontas and A Mhaighdean Bheannaithe.” Finally, the joy of the Resurrection, of Easter, of Jesus as King, is heard in the last three tracks “An tAiséirí,” “Amhrán na Cásca,” and “Rí an Domhnaigh.” The album is currently available on iTunes here or at Irish Music Mail here. Proceeds for the album support a summer camp run by the Irish Dominicans. For more information about the album, see here.

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