The monks and boys of Worth Abbey School, a few miles south-east of London, have added a touch of pop to their singing of the Sunday Mass.
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Background: The monks and boys of Worth Abbey School, a few miles south-east of London, have added a touch of pop to their singing of the Sunday Mass.
They have made a gramophone record of their version of the mass.
They are hoping that sales of the record will bring in funds for the unfinished Abbey Church. The church has already cost GBP 185,000 (444,000 dollars) and is likely to cost that much again before it is finished. The monks hope the contemporary-style church will become a religious centre for the south-east of England.
Brother Anthony, an entertainer before he became a monk at the abbey just under two years ago, was the lead singer on the long-playing record.
He admits that their version of the Mass could be considered a bit avant garde. But he says, "I think we've got to find the sort of music that is going to appeal to everyone in this day and age."
Brother Anthony, sang in cabarets, clubs, and nightclubs in Britain, and even sang in films, before joining the Benedictine order. He said he felt he wanted to do more with his life and after hearing a monk preaching about the abbey's work he visited the abbey and made up his mind he wanted to become a monk there.