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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album from the Missouri priory, 17 Feb. 2014
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Paul Allaer (Cincinnati) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lent At Ephesus (Audio CD)
By complete coincidence, as I was driving in to work one day last week, I heard a long interview on National Public Radio's Morning Edition with Mother Cecilia, the prioress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, in Missouri. The piece contained several excerpts from this new album, and I immediately knew I had to check it out, and sooner rather than later.

"Lent at Ephesus" (23 tracks; 78 min.) contains more of the a-cappella angelic voices (this is the nuns' third album). Starting off with "Jesus, My Love", the group of about 20 Benedictines are praising the Lord, and basically never let up from there. It's hard to pinpoint any highlights as the songs tend to blend in one into another, and it all sounds warm, uplifting and glorious. But there are a couple that in particular caught my attention: the 7 min. "Improperia", with the so-called "droning" sound as described by Sister Cecilia, which sounds heavenly, truly "out of this world". Then there is "Mother of Sorrows", one of a handful original songs brought by the nuns. Another can't miss is the 8 min. "Crux Fidelis", epic in every regard. Just wow. If you grew up Catholic (which I did), some of this will sound immediately familiar, even comforting. But even if you didn't, I am quite certain that this will resonate with you.

This CD is like an oasis of peace and comfort in the midst of our ever-frantic and busy lives. The only unfortunate thing is that we will never get to experience this live, as the Benedictines will not tour or give concerts. On the plus side, apparently the proceeds of these CDs go toward settling their debts and expanding their good works. Even if that wasn't the case, "Lent at Ephesus" is nothing short of a fantastic album, and is HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heavenly, 22 April 2014
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Be warned this wonderful music is quite addictive! The nuns sing like angels and the whole CD is so uplifting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 15 April 2014
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This is one of the best purchases I have made. Their voices are beautiful and the hymns are sung with such love and Benedictine spirituality. The music is soothing and calming. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Preparation for Lent, 3 April 2014
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This selection of music fits perfectly for Lent - meditative and reflective, it fulfils all one would hope for in this season
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 23 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Lent At Ephesus (Audio CD)
This cd will be available in February. Go to their website to hear some extracts. The tracks include some beautiful arrangements of classic Catholic hymns, but also a selection of Gregorian chants, should you wish to discover this great hidden jewel of our musical tradition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't I do six stars, seven, eight, a thousand?, 15 Mar. 2015
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J Walton (Lancaster, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lent At Ephesus (Audio CD)
Music like this is where Go[o]d really seems to insist on showing up; the sound waves of love.

Please keep making more recordings. Beautiful.
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