Produced just 6 months ago, a Gregorian chant album by seminarians and priests of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska has spent 13 weeks topping the classical music charts.

In a recent feature, PBS NewsHour explored why the seminary’s new album, entitled Requiem (“rest” in Latin), has been such a hit.


The album is comprised of chants that would be used during a Requiem Mass – a funeral Mass. The seminarians and priests of Our Lady of Guadalupe belong to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and they chant and celebrate Mass in Latin.

Father Zachary Akers, music director of The Fraternity and a singer on Requiem, told PBS that the texts are not just performed, but prayed, by the seminarians and priests on the album.

“We, as Christians, in our relationship with God, it transcends just mere words. And so we pray, not just with our mouth, but with singing, with our heart being uplifted to God,” he said.

Father Joseph Lee, another priest involved in producing Requiem, told PBS that the appeal of the album may be because Gregorian chant is “universal.”

“It’s a unifying, bonding element that transcends fads, transcends fashions, transcends geography, transcends time. And it’s able to unite people, regardless of their race or who they think is going to win the World Series or what kind of food they enjoy eating,” he said.

Requiem was produced in collaboration with De Montfort Music and Sony Classical, and is available on Amazon.