New CD from Benedictines of Mary is getting air time!

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As you may recall, the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles (real  women religious in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph) have another music CD.

Angels and Saints at Ephesus

The disk is out and around and people are taking notice.

A reader alerted me that he heard tracks from the sisters album on their local NPR radio station.  He sent a link to story about them on the site of WQRX.  There is a great little twist in this.. see if you can spot it…:

Benedictine Nuns from Missouri Keep Ancient Hymns and Chants Alive

Nuns and monks are one together of the sure cyclical forces in the classical recording business. Every few years, the quiet, otherworldly sounds of their centuries-old chants and hymns are seemingly rediscovered and marketed as a soothing balm for harried, stressed-out urbanites. While some listeners may find spiritual enlightenment in the chants’ religious texts, many others are drawn to their aesthetic or New Age qualities. [New Age qualities? Blech!  What would those be?  There is nothing stupid or syncretistic about this album.  But let’s move on.]

The latest chant boomlet comes via the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a monastic order in rural Gower, Missouri. The Benedictines drew national attention last year with “Advent at Ephesus,” a Decca recording of Gregorian chants and hymns that topped the Billboard classical charts for over a month (unseating a companion CD to the novel Fifty Shades of Grey). The sisters’ follow up release, “Angels and Saints at Ephesus,” features 17 selections in English and Latin associated with the feasts of holy saints and angels.


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If you are in Canada or the UK, copy and paste the CD title (above) into my amazon searchboxes at the bottom of the page.  Easy.  Otherwise, the UK link is HERE and Canada HERE.

To motivate you, here is  short collage of excerpts.

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  1. poohbear says:

    Today I received the CD I had pre-ordered. Have not had time to listen to all of it, but what I did listen to is nice.

  2. OrthodoxChick says:

    A special about these nuns aired earlier tonight on EWTN. It’s going to air agin in the wee hours for those with a DVR. From EWTN:

    “Angels And Saints At Ephesus

    Tue. May 7 at 6 PM ET, Wed. May 8 at 3:30 AM ET

    Learn about the contemplative life and sacred music of the Benedictine Sisters of Mary, Queen of Apostles of Gower, Missouri. Their daily life includes praying for priests, singing to God eight times, gardening and sewing sacred vestments.”

  3. A Sinner 2 says:

    It’s the “album of the week” at WQXR which is classical music 24 hours a day (ATC and the other NPR talk programming is on WNYC) and has been New York City’s classical station for over 60 years: the originator of Met Opera Network broadcasts for most of that time. They’ve playing this CD a lot; I’ve heard it several times so far this week. If you’re outside the New York area, their stream is work a listen if you like classical music. Well programmed and most of the air staff has worked in commercial radio; they don’t have the stuffy “NPR sound.”

  4. Charles E Flynn says:

    The Glorious Chant of “Angels and Saints at Ephesus”, by Christopher S. Morrissey, for the Catholic World Report.

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