Manuel Vaz Guedes is a monk at Catholic Seminary of Saint Peter Wigratzbad in Bavaria, Germany. Vaz Guedes, 25, who is originally from Portugal, has loved music from a young age – especially jazz. He thought when he entered seminary he would have to give up music, that it somehow wouldn’t be allowed. But he found it was just the opposite. He says music is a very important part of seminary life. In some ways, it helps him feel even more connected to God.
Vaz Guedes and other monks released an album for Christmas of Gregorian chants called “Sancta Nox: Christmas Matins from Bavaria.” The chants are what monks sing or pray every day, he says. And they could be an opportunity for others to listen, reflect, and reconnect with themselves, too, as we enter the holiday season.