The Passionists were founded by St. Paul of the Cross in Italy in 1720. His followers undertook their mission of evangelization by preaching the Word of God to the poor and marginalized of society. In the contemplative setting of their "Retreats" or "Monasteries," they pondered the Word and and prepared themselves to go forth and preach the mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ. The Passionist Community came to America in 1852.
This recording was produced by the Passionists of the Eastern Province of St. Paul of the Cross. This recording of sacred music celebrates the liturgical tradition of the Passionist Community, and keeps alive the memory of the Passion. Much of the music on this recording was composed by Passionists or inspired by themes which are central to Passionist life. Some traditional changes have been arranged with new texts and in a contemporary style. May this music be a source of prayer for those who listen to it; may it nurture the spirit of the Passion of Christ Crucified.