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At once otherworldly and deeply emotional, the a cappella singing of the nuns of the Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus—the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles—has earned critical acclaim far beyond the confines of sacred music. Lent at Ephesus follows two years after the release of the sisters’ much-praised Advent at Ephesus. It features a similar offering of traditional chants, modern hymns, and original compositions. The exquisite vocal harmonies heard in these recordings capture a sense of spiritual purity, yearning, and fulfillment that transcends the boundaries of language. Unified by the theme of Christ’s Passion, the album opens with the stately “Jesus, My Love” and leads listeners through the delicate vocal counterpoint of “Hosanna to the Son of David,” the ethereal simplicity of “Improperia,” and the soaring melodic lines of “O Sacred Head Surrounded.” The nuns perform three self-composed songs in English, with “My Mercy” standing out for its subtle harmonies and radiant message of hope. As both a work of beauty and an aid to contemplation, Lent at Ephesus resonates long after its last note has faded.

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Beautiful Music for a Prayer Filled Lenten Season

I can remember when Mother Cecilia Snell was just a "regular person" who attended Mass at Holy Family and played French horn with the Columbus Symphony. (Great vocations come out of that parish) She and the sisters put in a lot of hard work on this album and it shows. What a great way to serve God through music and song.

I am so happy that there is a digital download with all the words to the songs since they are a mixture of English and Latin.

I am looking forward to playing and hearing them sing over and over again this Lent. When I go to Stations of the Cross, I will be hearing them sing the Stabat Mater in my head.


Just in time

The good Sisters have once again provided us the perfect background for our Lenten Meditation.


I absolutely love this album! The Benedictines of Mary do such a wonderful job compiling and chanting these traditional lenten hymns! Sadly many of these hymns have been lost in modern church circles, but they are so prayerful! Thank goodness the Sisters are bringing them back! It is wonderful calming music to lead one to meditation and prayer, or even great simply as background music! Well done, Sisters!


Formed: 1995 in Gower, MO

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '10s

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...
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