Christmas at Ephesus (CD)

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From the Benedictines of Mary,
Queen of Apostles
CHRISTMAS AT EPHESUS (CD)


Close your eyes and let these Benedictine sisters transport you to a stable on a snowy night in Bethlehem. Crystalline voices, intricate harmonies, and medieval chants bring that first Christmas into your room. Some songs are familiar carols; others are by the sisters. "We recorded a fresh translation of Silent Night from the original German. One of the sisters did the translation and another set it to music." Booklet includes lyrics and any translations.

23 selections
Long-playing: 67:35

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1. Angels we Have Heard on High (SAMPLE)
2. God Supreme I Know Thee (SAMPLE)
3. Jesu Redemptor Omnium (SAMPLE)
4. Adeste Fideles (SAMPLE)
5. A Babe, So Tender
6. Come All Ye Shepherds
7. Of the Father's Love Begotten
8. For Love of Me
9. The First Nowell
10. Dies est Laetitiae
11. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
12. Heart of the Infant King
13. In Dulci Jubilo
14. Sleep, Holy Babe
15. O Beata Infantia
16. Holiest Night
17. King David's Royal Star
18. Puer Natus
19. In a Manger
20. Omnes de Saba
21. Silent Night
22. Puer Nobis Nascitur
23. Shepherds' Farewell


Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus: Gower, Missouri

The community of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles first began in 1995, consecrated to Our Lady, and offered to her service. The sisters follow a monastic horarium as laid out by St. Benedict in his Rule, and chant (in Latin) the Divine Office according to the 1962 Breviarium Monasticum.

The sisters follow their call to emulate Mary in her final, hidden years at Ephesus, where, by tradition, she spiritually supported and encouraged St. John and the other Apostles. They offer their lives in prayer and sacrifice for priests, whom they see as the new apostles of the Church, and as their spiritual sons, who bear God's truth to the world. They extend customary Benedictine hospitality most especially to priests, offering them the spiritual refurbishment so often denied them in their work.

Their monastic "labora" — other than their everyday domestic responsibilities (cleaning, cooking, gardening, farm work, etc.) — is devoted to making vestments, albs, surplices, and altar linens for use in the Sacrifice of the Mass.