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Father Chrysogonus Waddell, OCSO, passed from this life and entered life eternal on the solemnity of Christ the King, November 23, 2008, at the age of 78.

Father Chrysogonus studied music composition with Vincent Perschetti at the Philadelphia Conservatory. A convert to Roman Catholicism in 1949, he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani the following year. He was ordained a priest in 1958 and pursued further theological studies in Rome at the College of San Anselmo. Following in the tradition of his fellow Cistercian, Thomas Merton, Father Chrysogonus lived in a hermitage away from the abbey for nearly thirty years. He was choirmaster at the abbey for a number of years. In addition to his compositions, Father Chrysogonus published many scholarly works and translations of monastic and liturgical texts. A widely-recognized chant scholar, and consultor on chant and translations to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), he traveled frequently, presenting at musicological and Cistercian conferences.

The ongoing association of the monks of Gethsemani and the Notre Dame Folk Choir under the direction of Steve Warner has resulted in the inclusion of a number of compositions by Father Chrysogonus in the series Songs of the Notre Dame Folk Choir.

In 2005, WLP began Music from the Abbey of Gethsemani, a new octavo series of music first sung by the monks at Gethsemani adapted and arranged for parish choirs by Father Chrysogonus. This series led to a recording in 2007 of music for the Easter season, Christ Is Risen, Truly Risen! (sung by the William Ferris Chorale directed by Paul French). Father Chrysogonus was a true friend of the entire WLP staff and we will miss his humble, gentle spirit and unique musical gifts.

Psalms for Solemnities in Ordinary Time - Glory and Praise for Ever

Psalms for Solemnities in Ordinary Time - Let Us Go Rejoicing

Psalms for Solemnities in Ordinary Time - Praise the Lord, Jerusalem

Alleluia! Christ Is Truly Risen

An Angel of the Lord - Click and Print

An Angel of the Lord - Waddell

Antiphons for the Sprinkling Rite

Christ Being Raised from the Dead

Christ Being Raised from the Dead - Click and Print

Christ Is Risen

Christ the Lord! Christ the Pasch!

Come to the Manger

Draw Near, O Lord

Draw Near, O Lord

Easter Gospel Acclamation

Easter Processional Chant

Easter Psalm: Psalm 114

Easter Sequence

Easter Sequence - Click and Print

Easter Vigil Alleluia: Psalm 118

Easter Vigil Alleluia: Psalm 118 - Click and Print

From East to West

From East to West

Hail, Holy Queen: Salve Regina

Hail, O Festal Day of Days

Happy Those Who Feast on Wisdom

He Is Risen - Waddell

Holy Trinity - Ridge/Smith - click and print

I Am the Wheat of Christ

Into Your Hands: Psalm 31

Into Your Hands: Psalm 31

Jesus Lives

Jesus Lives

Light Serene of Holy Glory - Waddell

O Choirs of New Jerusalem

O Poor Little Jesus

O Poor Little Jesus - arr. Waddell - click and print

O Purchased People!

O Sacred Banquet!

Paschal Responsory

Psalms for Feasts - Waddell

Psalms for Feasts - Waddell - click and print

Psalms for Holy Week

Psalms for Solemnities in Ordinary Time - Blessed the People the Lord has Chosen

Psalms for Solemnities in Ordinary Time - O Lord, Our God, How Wonderful Your Works

Psalms for Solemnities in Ordinary Time - The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A

Psalms for Solemnities in Ordinary Time-Volume 2 - Waddell

Psalms for Solemnities in Ordinary Time-Volume 2 - Waddell - click and print

Psalms for the Advent Season

Psalms for the Christmas Season

Psalms for the Easter Season - Waddell

Psalms for the Easter Season - Waddell - click and print

Psalms for the Lenten Season

Remember

Rosa Mystica

Rosa Mystica - Click and Print

Sing "Ave!" The Mysteries of the Rosary - Click and Print - Waddell/Clemens

Sing "Ave!" The Mysteries of the Rosary - Hommerding / Waddell

Sleepers, Awake!

Sleepers, Awake!- Click and Print

The Earth Feared and Was Silent

This Is the Paschal Feast

This Is the Paschal Feast - Click and Print

Unto Us a Child Is Born

Unto Us a Child Is Born - Click and Print

You Have Put on Christ