Christendom graduates Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP, and Fr. Gerard Saguto, FSSP, along with other members of the Fraternity of St. Peter, are bringing sacred music to a new generation with the release of “REQUIEM” — an album of Gregorian chant, released through De Montfort Music and Sony Classical.
The album, which was recorded at the Fraternity’s seminary in Nebraska, features music usually sung during funeral Masses, with Fr. Akers directing the music for the album. He believes that his time at Christendom, with its rich tapestry of liturgical music, led directly to his discernment to the priesthood.
“I was deeply impacted by the liturgical music as a freshman at Christendom College, which inspired me to join the choir, and to subsequently learn more about our great liturgical heritage as Catholics,” Fr. Akers told the Cardinal Newman Society in a recent interview. “This was the way that I was introduced to the ancient liturgy, and I quickly became drawn to this older form of the Mass (Extraordinary Form).”
“I think that every Catholic institution should place a great importance in the passing on of this most important treasure of our faith — our music,” said Fr. Akers. “It is our hope that this REQUIEM recording can help to preserve this ancient music.”
Fr. Saguto, who is the North American Superior of the Fraternity, was instrumental in the album coming about as well. A 1998 Christendom graduate, he believes that his background in theology and philosophy gave him the necessary background to excel in seminary.
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is a Catholic community of priests dedicated to the preservation of the Tridentine Mass. They all require musical training to sing Gregorian chant, resulting in the beautiful music on the album.
“REQUIEM,” which was recorded by Grammy Award-winners, will be released on May 12.