Lent at Ephesus
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Cat No: 3766277
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 17th February 2014
ArtistsBenedictines of Mary
ArtistsBenedictines of Mary
The critically acclaimed Sisters have received accolades from The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, ABC’s Good Morning America and beyond.
Highlights from Lent At Ephesus include “O Sacred Head Surrounded,” made famous by Bach’s oratorios, “All Glory Laud and Honor,” the familiar “Adoramus Te Christe,” and the entrancing “Improperia” from the liturgy of Good Friday. Three original pieces are also featured among the twenty three tracks. Their peaceful and contemplative music escorts the listener through the penitential season of Lent. Lent at Ephesus was produced by Grammy Award-winning classical producer Blanton Alspaugh. Alspaugh commented on his experience recording the Sisters, “Their singing has a very pure and yet sophisticated style. It certainly earns its place in the international arena of classical music. Their talent is as remarkable as their sense of charity. To record them at their priory was one of the highlights of my career.”
Offering their lives in prayer and sacrifice for priests, The Benedictines of Mary use the work of their hands primarily for the making of priestly vestments. They also take care of gardens, an orchard and a small farm. They paint gorgeous icons and live an artistic lifestyle based upon their religious vows. Leaving behind their families, bank accounts, and all of their possessions, these women live together in community following closely The Benedictine Rule of life known as “ora et labora” (work and pray).
The Sisters are young and extremely musical. They do not set foot beyond their Midwest rolling farmland, focusing solely on living an austere, yet joyful life set apart from the world. Working on their farm and mostly living off the land, they sing together eight times a day as part of their daily monastic schedule of Vespers and Divine Office, lifting their hearts to God through music.
The order’s Prioress, Mother Cecilia, vacated her seat in the horn section with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio to enter religious life, despite her conservatory background where music was emphasized over religion. A graduate of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, Mother Cecilia acts as arranger and drives the selection of repertoire for the recordings. Sr. Scholastica, the Order’s sub prioress helps design their album artwork.
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