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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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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