You should really buy this CD

by Kevin Birnbaum

From the first seconds of the opening track of Advent at Ephesus, I knew it was a special CD. Out of the silence, an angelic chorus of women’s voices breaks out in a lovely setting of St. Ambrose’s Veni Redemptor Gentium (in English). The voices belong to the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a community of contemplative religious sisters in northwest Missouri. Through the sixteen tracks of their new album of music for Advent, the sisters’ gentle voices ring out with bell-like clarity and blend to build positively luminous harmonies. These are not some warbly old Sister Act nuns.

Advent in Ephesus was released today, and I can’t recommend it highly enough (I received an advance review copy). It’s the perfect soundtrack to accompany your preparation for the coming of Christ. The album is available to download, but I think the sisters see more of the much-needed money if you order the CD directly from them.