16 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

These monastic nuns, hailing from Missouri’s Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus, quickly achieved renown with this, their first widely distributed recording. It's little wonder why: The warm-sounding album fits with the satisfying comfort of the repertoire, which includes English carols as well as Gregorian chants. The anticipatory spirit of the Advent season is a constant in the arrangements by the Order’s Prioress, Mother Cecilia, resulting in gleaming, beautiful passages (“Hayl Mary, ful of grace”) as well as more solemn entreaties (“Alma Redemptoris Mater”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

These monastic nuns, hailing from Missouri’s Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus, quickly achieved renown with this, their first widely distributed recording. It's little wonder why: The warm-sounding album fits with the satisfying comfort of the repertoire, which includes English carols as well as Gregorian chants. The anticipatory spirit of the Advent season is a constant in the arrangements by the Order’s Prioress, Mother Cecilia, resulting in gleaming, beautiful passages (“Hayl Mary, ful of grace”) as well as more solemn entreaties (“Alma Redemptoris Mater”).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

74 Ratings
74 Ratings

This is...........PERFECTION!!!

Dive28

Incredible body of art. Some of the best classical music I have heard from the U.S. in decades. A collector's piece for sure! If Mozart - Bach - Vivaldi and Palestrina were alive today - they would compose music so that the Benedictines of Mary could perform it.YES!!! It's that good.

Fantastic

totustuusjesus

Great Advent Music Beautifully performed!

Beautiful Advent Album

jonkknox

Each year it seems that the Christmas season starts a little earlier. Radio stations begin playing Christmas music before the Thanksgiving turkey is brought home from the store. By the time Christmas comes, many of us might be 'Christmas-ed' out! We could fix this problem by reclaiming Advent. Unfortunately, most of our Advent music collections are a little thin. In comes the album Advent at Ephesus. The angelic voices of the Benedictine nuns will carry you back to Nazareth, to the angel Gabriel's greeting to the Virgin Mary, "Hail, full of grace!" The nuns' sublime renditions of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and "Rorate Caeli", among others, will excite in you the sentiments of longing and waiting which came before the Advent of Our Lord. This Advent, this CD will be a great aid to enriching and deepening your own preparation for Christmas and for Christ's second coming.

About Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles are a group of Benedictine nuns who sing as a part of their daily worship rituals. Established in 1995 as a Roman Catholic religious order in Gower, Missouri, the nuns of the Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus -- the Benedictines of Mary -- sing upwards of five hours a day and have recorded two albums of hymns and chants with 2012's Advent at Ephesus and 2013's Angels and Saints at Ephesus. Both albums have garnered acclaim, with Angels and Saints at Ephesus hitting the number one slot on the classical traditional Billboard chart in 2013. ~ Matt Collar

ORIGIN
Gower, MO
FORMED
1995

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