LISTEN: Notre Dame Professors Create Spotify Playlist for the Papal Conclave

You'll find "Ave Maria", but not "Livin' on a Prayer".

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Cardinals leave at the end of a prayer at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican March 6, 2013.

Those tuning in to follow the conclave convening today in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new Pope may also want to tune in to this Spotify playlist created in honor of the secret meeting.

The music streaming service teamed up with the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Liturgy to compile a lineup in celebration of the historic event. Tim O’Malley, the Center’s director, and Carolyn Pirtle, the assistant director, curated a list of religious songs, hymns and choral music available on the site’s catalog under a playlist entitled “Conclave: Institute for Church Life,” according to a Spotify press release. The compilation includes 29 tracks to help you select the perfect one to play when white smoke rises over St. Peter’s Square.

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In describing his selection, O’Malley said in the statement:

The playlist consists of motifs central to the Catholic imagination relative to the election of a Pope. It focuses upon certain themes, including the Church’s asking for guidance from the Holy Spirit during this time of transition; the Church’s crying out to God for mercy that we might be found worthy to receive a successor of Peter, who unites the Church in love; and praise for the God, who guides the Church through the twists and turns of history. The playlist is intended to give the listener a disposition of wonder, of contemplation, of prayer to the God who first loved us.

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After five days of deliberation, the College of Cardinals voted on the Mar. 12th start date Friday, the Associated Press reports. The conclave will commence with a special morning mass at St. Peter’s Basilica followed by the first round of secret balloting in the Sistine Chapel. The cardinals will need a two-thirds majority to elect a victor. Might we suggest they find a little spiritual guidance with Spotify and Notre Dame’s papal playlist?

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Don’t have Spotify? Here’s a list of the songs to create your own party mix.

1. Tu es Petrus: Tu es Petrus (Gionvanni Perluigi da Palestrina) 
Gionvanni Perluigi da Palestrina, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin

2. Tu es Petrus: Tu es Petrus (Maurice Duruflé)
Maurice Duruflé, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin

3. Ubi caritas
Maurice Duruflé, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin

4. Holst: Nunc Dimittis – Nunc Dmittis
Holst, Gustav, Traditional, The Sixteen, Harry Christophers, Julie Cooper, Mark Dobell

5. Be Still, And Know That I Am God
The University of Notre Dam Folk Choir

6. Beati quorum via, from Three Motets, Op. 38
Charles Villiers Stanford

7. Byrd: Sing Joyfully
William Byrd, The Choir of Clare College, Timothy Brown

8. Lux aeterna: O Nata Lux
Jörg Halubek, Chamber Choir of Europe, Nicol Matt

9. The Lamb has come for us from the House of David: The Lamb has com from the House of David
James MacMillan, The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

10. Tallis: O Lord, give thy holy spirit
Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585), The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips

11. 2 Psalms: Psalm 148, “Lord, Who hast made us for thine own”
Britten Singers

12. Veni Sancte Spiritus, K. 47 – Allegro
Francis Bardot, Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine: Orchestre de Bordeaux-Aquitane

13. O Thou Sweetest Source
The Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

14. Veni creator spiritus (à 4)
The Sixteen and Harry Christophers

15. Pentecost Sequence: Holy Spirit, Lord of Light
The Collegeville Composers Group

16. Lead, Kindly Light
The University Of Notre Dam Folk Choir, Steven C. Warner – director

17. The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (arr. A. Pitts): No. 44. Veni Creator: Come Holy Ghost
Anthony Pitts

18. Come down, O love divine – Down Ampney
The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

19. Salve Regina a 8
Tomás Luis de Victoria, The Sixteen / Harry Chistophers

20. Ave Maria (feat. Franz Biebl)
Primus: Amabile Men’s Choir, Franz Biebl

21. Miserere
Tenebrae

22. Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd
The University Of Notre Dam Folk Choir, Steven C. Warner

23. Tallis: If Ye Love Me
Chanticleer

24. I Am The Vine
The University Of Notre Dame Folk Choir

25. Love divine, all loves excelling (arr. J. Rutter): Love Divine, all loves excelling
John Rutter, John Scott, Cambridge Singers

26. Suite from ballet, “Appalachian Spring”: Appalachian Spring
Aaron Copeland, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Phillip Ellis

27. The Lark Ascending
London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), Bernard Haitink, Sarah Chang

28. Firebird Suite – 1919 Version / Score Version
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

29. Variations on an Original Theme ‘Enigma’ Op. 36: IX. Nimrod (A.J. Jaeger)
David Bell, London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), Vernon Handley

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aamily84
aamily84 like.author.displayName 1 Like

This is awesome! Too bad nobody told them that using music.torchbrowser is much easier haha