Friday, April 19, 2013

The Benedictines are back!

Click here to pre-order your copy!
If you liked their last album, Advent at Ephesus, then you're gonna love this! The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles are coming out with a new album, titled Angels and Saints at Ephesus, scheduled for release by Decca Records on May 7th.

The Benedictines are a traditional order of nuns based in the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph. Originally formed in Scranton, Pa. under the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, their primary vocation is a life of prayer and manual work, according to the Rule of St. Benedict. Prayer means daily Mass, celebrated according to the Extraordinary Form (the traditional Latin Mass) and the Lectio Divina, or Liturgy of the Hours; work includes not only household chores and farm work but also making altar linens and vestments for the clergy, the sale of which goes to their support. They also run spiritual retreats for the clergy.

Singing, then, is not their primary concern; as one of the nuns says, they don't spend that much time in rehearsal. However, these amateurs spent six weeks in the #1 spot on Billboard's Classical Music chart, and ended up #1 Classical Traditional Artist(s) for 2012. That's because their sound is so pure and their harmony so spot-on it sends a frisson straight up your back.

Enjoy this promotional video from De Montfort Music. Then pre-order your copy through Amazon or through the Benedictines' website link above. A significant portion of the proceeds go to paying off their debt so they can begin some needed expansion (no, I don't get anything for the plug!). And give praise to God for their marvelous singing!