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PRAYING THE ROSARY WITH ST. ALPHONSUS MARIA LIGUORI (CD)
Little Lamb Music, founded by Ray and Theresa Herrmann has released a truly beautiful and reverent rosary recording, steeped in the history of the Redemptorist Fathers through their founder, St. Alphonsus Liguori. Praying the Rosary with St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori incorporates the numerous gifts and talents of St. Alphonsus to produce a unique prayer experience. What makes this CD unique is how immersed it is in history. St. Alphonsus devotion to the Mother of God is well known in the Catholic Church, as depicted in his writings, compositions and paintings. The recording and liner notes are packed with valuable information and pictures to that regard. Everything has a story, even the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help shown on the front cover. There is nothing accidental about this project everything is presented to give the participant the fullest possible experience of praying the rosary with St. Alphonsus Liguori.
Ray Herrmann is an experienced arranger and session player in Los Angeles and has worked with many of the top talents in the music and motion picture industries. His numerous connections resulted in a musical score that is top notch. Among St. Alphonsus many talents was his ability as a composer and songwriter, and his original songs are used throughout the CD to introduce the various mysteries. Careful attention was paid so that each song sounds as it would have when St. Alphonsus composed it in the 1700s.
The CD begins with a narrative by Rev. Peter Schavitz, C.Ss.R. (who leads all the decades) about St. Alphonsus last request before he died, where he pleaded, Give me my Lady. It sets the prayerful and reverent stage for the rosary to come. Each decade begins with a song by St. Alphonsus, and each mystery begins with a meditation taken from his writings. These meditations and the lyrics to the songs are included in the liner notes. The rhythm and pacing of the prayers is just right, providing that necessary sacred space for a meaningful recitation of the rosary.
The incredible amount of research, attention to detail, and dedication to excellence make Praying the Rosary with St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori one of the finest recorded rosaries available. It is a must-have for anyone who enjoys praying the rosary. Proceeds from the CD will go towards the Redemptorists ongoing mission work for the very poor in the Amazon region and Nigeria.
Susan Bailey, Grapevine Magazine