Remember the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist? They’re the sisters (they’re not nuns) who took the American Bible Challenge by storm earlier this year.
And now they’re joining the ranks of singing sisters who will, I hope, take the charts by storm.
From the press release:
And now, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, will be known as recording artists, as they release their first album with Decca Record Label and De Montfort Music. This debut release of sacred music recorded live from their chapel in Ann Arbor, Michigan, reflects their Dominican spirituality that they share so freely with the popular culture.
“We are thrilled that The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist recorded this enchanting collection of music,” said Kevin Fitzgibbons, co-founder of De Montfort Music. “To be able to release music reflective of their community is a true privilege. This recording will transport the listener to the gorgeous acoustics in their chapel, and will inspire the pervasive joy of their community through their music.”
The album will feature songs in both English and Latin, and will include ancient chants, polyphony, and original compositions. Some pieces are accompanied by the organ, trumpet, and chimes, while others are sung a capella.
Sr. Joseph Andrew, OP, Vicaress General of The Dominican Sisters of Mary, commented on the recording: “Music has always been part of the daily life of our Religious Community. It is a most important medium through which we seek to express our deep love of The Lord. Through our arrangement of this music, we hope to make available the sharing of our prayer-life so that others may, by it, be drawn into their own deeper love of God. This recording has also provided an opportunity for us to make accessible a few original pieces written and arranged by the Sisters in hopes of furthering our unique Dominican Spirit through the gift of song.”
Produced by the 2013 Grammy Award-winning Classical Producer of the Year, Blanton Alspaugh, Mater Eucharistiae will feature 15 tracks.
“The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are a fervent group who sing beautifully. It was richly rewarding to work with a choir that works so well together and who share an obvious love for music. We were honored to be invited to help the Sisters with this recording, and are thrilled to share it now with everyone who hears it,” said Alspaugh.
I’ve had the pleasure and joy of listening to Mater Eucharistiae and I can tell you: it is peace-inducing awesomesauce with God on top. It’s like being transported to another mindset and brought closer to God all in one fell harmony.
Go forth and order. Keep in mind that Christmas is coming and that everyone you know needs a copy…
Copyright © 2013, Sarah Reinhard