The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of The Apostles sing in prayer together many times a day as part of their monastic religious life. Their recordings of chant go out much more broadly to the world of classical music lovers. Once again they are climbing the charts.
Their new album, Angels and Saints at Ephesus, on the Universal Decca record label was released on May 7, 2013, is already on the top 20 of Billboard Charts in the Classical Category.
The convent where the music originates is The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus which is in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Missouri. 22 sisters, most of them in their 20s and 30s make up the group.
In a Wall Street Journal Article in December, a reporter asked the Mother Superior Cecilia about the success of their chart topping Christmas and Advent Album and its effects on the sisters in her care, “We don’t even talk about it. The sisters might be curious, and I could tell them, but it doesn’t matter,”
They remind us of the great tradition of developing art and beauty in the Christian tradition.