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Silence is the deepest moment of joy and celebration: listen to the 30 minute Silence of an old English church

The recording was made in the 12th century Saint Peter's Church of Seaford, UK. The 30-minute recording starts with three rings of the church bell, a short introduction, and a message from the Rector, Andrew May including these sentences: "Relax, and be as receptive, as possible. Listen. Listen in the silence for the sound of your own heartbeat, and indeed, for the heartbeat of God." What follows is 28 minutes of near-silence including the odd creaking of timbers and a few footfalls, the odd murmur of voices from outside and the very, very faint rumble of traffic going past. At its close, there is a thank you for listening. The soundtrack can be listened here.

A music opening the soul to the experience of the entireness: Dvorak Stabat Mater; Quando corpus morietur

The 7 minute long closing part of Dvorak's Stabat Mater is directed by Helmuth Rilling on the inspired recording which can be enjoyed here. Maestro Rilling is empowering his choir on most of his recordings enabling the choir to grow much beyond the dimensions of our life on Earth. In the closing section of  the Stabat Mater this transcendental moment is reached (at least) two times. In these moments the Spirit rejoices and become magnified in our soul. I wish joyful listening to this magnificent music to the Reader!

Gregorian chants of purity and engrossment

 

 

If the Reader wants to leave the rush of the day, but does not select either 30 minutes of sacred Silence of an old English Church, or a music opening the soul to the experience of entireness, I suggest to listen to the two orthodox Gregorian chants below. These purifying and engrossing musical masterpieces were suggested by my friend, Csongor Cserép.

Russian Orthodox chanting famous hymn of Lent Liturgy "Let my prayer arise" (3 min)

Christ is Risen - Byzantine Chant (Choir of the Alexander-Svirsky Monastery - Dmitry Zhuikov; 2 min)
 

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