I have had the chance to hear the new music CD by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, who have their house in Missouri near Kansas City.
I enjoyed it and warmly recommend it.
You might consider getting this CD as a Christmas gift and to help the sisters who are trying to build.
They sing Christmas carols in their own arrangements. They also have some Gregorian chant selections, which are very good. I have always liked Gregorian chant sung by women, which has an entirely different quality than when it is sung by men. I was very pleased that they don’t overly "Americanize" their pronunciation of Latin.
There are some little clips as samples on their website.
Here is a brief sampling from three cuts.
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This disk gets a thumbs up.
This is a traditional community of Benedictines who are presently under the wing of the great Bishop Robert Finn (another reason to support them!) of Kansas City, MO. They have an apostolate to pray for priests (yet another reason!).
I have encountered their community twice in Kansas City and was very impressed.
Tell them Fr. Z sent you!
Their Echoes of Ephesus CD is also excellent and, IIRC, previously recommended here.
Thanks for the heads-up, Fr! Just ordered mine today!
I prefer men’s voices but the samples from thier website were beautiful.
And of course, they make a lovely gift. So buy several!
Fr. Z, they sound great! I would recommend that you check if you haven’t already the Daughters of Mary at http://www.daughtersofmary.net
I have their ‘Echoes of Ephesus’ CD-gorgeous voices!
Konichiwa-I have all the recordings of the Daughters of Mary, too! I was just at their convent in the Catskills of New York this past weekend! Have you been there at all? This year was the 25th anniversary of their founding!
This is just heavenly! Thank you for giving me ideas for Christmas gifts.