Win Benedictines of Mary's New CD "Angels and Saints at Ephesus"

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Angels and Saints at Ephesus

Angels and Saints at Ephesus

If you’ve ever wondered what singing angels sound like, it’s easy to imagine the possibilities when you listen to the Benedictines of Mary in song. This order of contemplative nuns melted our hearts with their first CD “Advent at Ephesus” and now they are back with a new release that launches on May 7. “Angels and Saints at Ephesus” builds on the strengths of their first project and is truly a gift, a tool of the New Evangelization. This week, we’re thrilled to be giving away one copy of Angels and Saints at Ephesus on its release date. See the details below and be sure to enter to win this treasure.

Second Album from Chart-topping Order of Contemplative Nuns to release worldwide May 7

Benedictines of Mary sing of Angels and Saints at Ephesus

Atlanta, GA, April 9, 2013 – As a follow-up to their chart-topping first release with the Decca Label Group, The Benedictines of Mary unite their voices once more in ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS. This second album, a year round collection, will entertain and inspire, featuring 17 English and Latin pieces sung a cappella for the feasts of the holy Saints and angels.  Recorded once again at their Priory in the heartland of America, this new album is a dynamic yet pure fusion of their contemplative sound. The Sisters call to mind the glory of the future vision of God in the company of all of His angels and Saints.  Click here for a visual sneak peek at the album.

Photo credit: De Montfort Music

Photo credit: De Montfort Music

Last November and December, the Sisters’ debut album, ADVENT AT EPHESUS, with De Montfort Music/Decca, spent six weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Classical Music Chart, and the Sisters ended up as the #1 Classical Traditional Artist of 2012, according to Nielson’s Soundscan. Featured on NPR, USA Today, People Magazine and The Washington Times as well as countless other critically acclaimed press outlets, The Benedictines of Mary have created another beautiful recording of their music.

“Gathering the hymns we have learned and loved, it seemed only natural to suggest the theme of the Angels and Saints, the heralds of God’s glory and grace for this album. Music is a vital part of our spirituality, and it has been a blessing to have it blossom and broaden in recent years. We are all very excited about this release,” said Sr. Scholastica, the Order’s sub prioress and the designer of the album’s artwork.

De Montfort enlisted nine time International Grammy® winning producer Christopher Alder, who hails from Germany and two-time Grammy® winning engineer Mark Donahue to record and capture the Sisters in their contemplative environment singing all of ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS.

“The Benedictines of Mary have again created a beautiful recording to connect us to the oldest traditions of European monastic chant and hymns,” remarked Costa Pilavachi, Senior Vice-President, Classical A+R Universal Music Group International.

Kevin Fitzgibbons, CEO of De Montfort Music remarked: “On the heels of the impact of ADVENT AT EPHESUS, here is the angelic music of ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS, an answer to numerous requests and comments asking for new music to listen to year-round from the Benedictines of Mary.”

The full track list for the album:

1. Dear Angel Ever At My Side
2. Ave Regina Cælorum
3. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
4. Christe Sanctorum
5. Duo Seraphim
6. Virgin Wholly Marvellous
7. Est Secretum
8. Lorica of St. Patrick
9. O Deus Ego Amo Te
10. Emicat Meridies
11. O God of Loveliness
12. Læta Quies
13. A Rose Unpetalled
14. Jesu Dulcis Memoria
15.Te Joseph Celebrent
16. Jesu Corona Virginum
17. Veritas Mea

The album will be available May 7th and a thirty-minute special on the making of the album will begin airing on EWTN the week of May 5th.

Pre-order the CD now and receive in time for Mother’s Day.

About the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

Founded in 1995, The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, are a young, monastic order of Sisters. The Sisters sing together eight times a day as they chant the Divine Office in Latin.

About De Montfort Music 

De Montfort Music is a division of Aim Higher Media, both founded by music-industry veterans Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons. Its special mission is to sign, develop, produce and bring to market the very best in Sacred Music.

About DECCA/Universal

Decca Records is part of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s largest music content company with market-leading positions in recorded music, music publishing, and merchandising.

To enter to win “Angels and Saints at Ephesus”, leave a comment below by Midnight Pacific on May 7, 2013. One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.

Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

33 Comments

  1. Mary Matheus on

    We are so blessed to have such talented young women who are sharing their gifts with us. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the CD. May God bless you Lisa.

  2. They sing so beautifully. What a great gift God has given us through their voices. I would love to have the new CD!

  3. After listening to piece of this heavenly singing, I’m sure the whole album is phenomenal! Wonderful thing to contemplation, meditation and reading spiritual literature.

  4. “Christian worship is surely a cosmic liturgy, which embraces both heaven and earth.” -Pope Benedict XVI, The Spirit of the Liturgy (p. 52)

    When we hear music during the Liturgy, we should feel that we are in heaven. It is sad thing that when we hear beautiful music, like this CD, we are shocked to hear such beauty and ‘feel’ that we are in heaven with the angels. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have this experience at every Liturgy, surrounded by the art in our churches that also reminds us that truly during the Liturgy, mystically we are in heaven receiving the gifts.

    Scott Hahn wrote: “We go to heaven–not only when we die, or when we go to Rome, or when we make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We go to heaven when we go to Mass. This is not merely a symbol, not a metaphor, not a parable, not a figure of speech. It is real. In the fourth century, St. Athanasius wrote, ‘My beloved brethren, it is no temporal feast that we come to, but an eternal, heavenly feast. We do not display it in shadows; we approach it in reality.’” -The Lamb’s Supper by Catholic Theologian Scott Hahn, Page 128

    When we enter our churches and see the the Lord, His Mother, the Saints, the Angels in it’s art work and hear such beautiful music it is easy to ascend to heaven and partake of it’s true worship. As St. John Chrysostom wrote: “Every time there is performed the liturgy of this awesome sacrifice, which is the clear image of the heavenly realities, we should imagine that we are in heaven” (Homily 15, ch 20). When we enter our churches and don’t see the heavenly host and instead hear worldly music it is a great struggle for us. Our buildings and the music can either help or hinder us. As the Catechism says: “Our visible churches, holy places, are images of the holy city, the heavenly Jerusalem, toward which we are making our way on pilgrimage” (Catechism 1198). I would say that some are and some defiantly are not. Perhaps this beautiful CD with inspire some to incorporate heavenly beauty once again into our Mass. Grant this Lord.

  5. I purchased their Christmas album (for myself and to give as a gift.) Can’t wait to hear this one–their music is amazing.

  6. A friend gave me the Advent CD as a gift and I cherish it. I’m so happy they are continuing to share their beautiful voices with us!

  7. I heard about this a week or two ago on the radio. It sounds great. I thought about getting it. Would love to win a copy! I think it’s an awesome ministry for them, and I hope it does well.

  8. Having uplifting, peaceful music to listen to makes my day at home with little ones feel less chaotic and reminds me that my work with them is holy work. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. The sisters previously sent me a free CD of Marian hymns. I just love their angelic voices. He who sings, prays twice. God bless them for their talents which they are using for God’s greater glory. Thank you for the chance to win.

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