Video: The cloistered Carmelite choir

Unlike most of these video memes which I find months later, this amazing project just came out last week. How does one assemble a choir of Carmelite singers when these nuns have dedicated themselves to a cloistered life? It takes technical prowess, provided here by the Virtual Musicians Group, to not just videotape nuns from all over the world, but to mesh the recordings as precisely and presented in such a compelling manner as seen here. Even if one isn’t into liturgical music, this rendition of Nada te Turbe will prove evocative, or at the very least intriguing from an engineering point of view:


Elizabeth Scalia provides the translation of the prayer:

The prayer — which is more of a sort of contemplative pulse — is this:

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

We certainly need to remember that.

Indeed. The Virtual Musicians Group has another recording of a virtual Carmelite choir, which is plans to release shortly. In the meantime, perhaps with all of the bad news we’re seeing these days, a brief moment of calm might be appreciated.

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David Strom 8:30 PM | February 22, 2024