About Libuinus


Lebuïnus, an Irish or Scottish monk came around 768 as a missionary to the heathen Saksen people and settled near an important well called Huilpa or Wilpa. At that spot a wooden chapel  was erected and from there Christianization of the area of Daventre ( Deventer) took place. His mission can not be called  very successful  when he died in Deventer on November 12, 773.






The matins of Lebuinus have been composed in the 12th century especially for the feastday of this saint. As with most of the Gregorian chant of the Middle Ages also the composer of these matins (which can be found in the Antiphonalium  of Utrecht, manuscript NL Uu-406) is unknown.

Director Stan Hollaardt spent many hours preparing the notation and text and so did the choir members in rehearsing, because notably  the responsorial chants are tough to master, but worth the time however since they are of exceptional beauty.

The originally nightly chant by the monks in their monasteries is called ‘matins’ or ‘vigilae nocturnae’.

Of all the prayers in the monasteries these ‘nocturnae’ are the most time consuming and exist  in fact of  three nocturnae , each of these with psalms, antiphonae, responsorials and lectures.

The matins start with an ‘invitatorium’ and a hymn; they end with a ‘Te Deum’. 

The Schola Cantorum  has produced these Matins and a book about the saint and the Matins.


Price: Cd  with booklet: € 8,- .