Feb 5, 2014 / 02:05 am
The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles – an order of contemplative nuns who live in a cloister yet repeatedly climb music charts – are set to release an album for Lent later this month.
Of the 23 songs found on “Lent at Ephesus,” three are original compositions by sisters of the community, whose priory is in the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph.
“We feel like we are stepping out on a limb whenever we record any original pieces,” Mother Cecilia, prioress of the community, told CNA Feb. 3.
“In a way it is difficult, because the hymns we write come directly from our hearts, and lending them to a larger audience always costs something.”
“Lent at Ephesus” will be released Feb. 11 on the De Montfort Music label, which was founded last year by Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons; it can be pre-ordered from the sisters at http://benedictinesofmary.org/.
It is the Benedictine’s third album with the label; 2012′s “Advent at Ephesus” was number one on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Music Chart for six weeks, and last year’s “Angels and Saints at Ephesus” spent 13 weeks in the same position.
All the music released by the Benedictines of Mary come from their life in community, of which singing is an integral part.
Their life is marked by obedience, stability, and “continually turning” towards God. They have Mass daily according to the extraordinary form, and chant the psalms eight times a day from the 1962 Monastic Office. They also support themselves by producing made-to-order vestments. …
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