Rejoice with Vatican voices

VATICAN CITY — What do you like best about the Advent and Christmas seasons?

Members of the Sistine Chapel choir are seen during Mass on the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in 2006. (CNS photo/Reuters)

If it’s beautiful sacred music then the Vatican website has something you will love: downloadable MP3 music files.

If you go to this link, you will find a number of hymns sung by the Vatican’s very own Sistine Chapel choir. Five of the hymns are for Advent and Christmas. Clicking on the titles will give you the lyrics in Italian and clicking on the musical note will make the music start playing with an option to download.

Going to this link will bring you to a much larger selection of sacred and classical music played by professors and students of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music. Scroll down to find the Advent and Christmas selections which are chanted in Latin. Enjoy!

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