Advent at Ephesus

 The Benedictines of Mary "Advent at Ephesus" 
EWTN – the USA Eternal Word Television Network – has announced multiple broadcasts of a 30-minute special on the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, and the making of Advent at Ephesus, available now from De Montfort Music and Decca Records.

 This program presents the daily life, spirituality and musical gifts of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Missouri. For three days in the Fall of 2012, the Sisters' Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus became a modern, high-tech recording studio. The result is "Advent at Ephesus", an album of sacred music which the Sisters' hope will invite souls to discover the beauty of Advent in this "Year of Faith.

 "Advent at Ephesus" is a journey with a group of cloistered nuns in Missouri precisely to the home of St John and Mary, which tradition holds was in Ephesus, in modern-day Turkey.

 "It's perhaps not hard to imagine a middle-aged Mary, in a simple abode with St. John, dwelling sweetly on the memories of Jesus' first moments in her life: the visit of the angel, Elizabeth's greeting, even the physical strains of pregnancy and the difficult trip to Bethlehem ... the memories of the first Advent.

A CD that has debuted at No. 1 on the USA Billboard magazine's Traditional Classical Music Chart provides, as it were, a backdrop to such images of Our Lady. 

The nuns, the Benedictines of Mary, are members of a contemplative order founded in 1995. Their priory is called the Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus.

Their prioress, Mother Cecilia Snell, has a bachelor's degree in music and is a former member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (she plays the french horn). 

Perhaps that is why Kevin Fitzgibbons, in founding an organization that aims to help monastic orders market their music without betraying their identity, discovered in the Benedictines of Mary the ideal group to launch De Montford Music.

 He says he heard from them musical sophistication ..... but without a "harshness or overly affected tone to their singing." Something that was "very pure sounding."

This, says Fitzgibbons, was an "unusual combination," and one that requires "great discipline and humility."

 You can read the compete interview here.

The EWTN shows at 11 a.m. ET USA on Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent.

 Click here for EWTN site and schedule times for Europe.

Maybe it will be available on The EWTN You Tube Channel  if we can't see it live at these times.

Here's a preview.................................................................... 

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