As one who grew up not knowing the beauty of sacred music in the Catholic Liturgy, this new CD by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, gives me great hope that sacred music is on the rise again in the Catholic Church.
We have been held captive far to long by poorly written Catholic “hymns” from the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. Many of these songs give us an incomplete understanding of theology. Yes, theology is professed in many of the classical Catholic hymns before this time period and throughout the history of sacred music in the Church. Furthermore, the influx of Protestant music into the Holy Mass has also been a troubling occurrence since the early 1990’s. Many of these contemporary Protestant songs are great for praise and worship services, but have no place in the Catholic Liturgy. I find that so many of these songs differ in their theological understanding to the theology found in the Catholic Church (that’s an entirely different blog post). The Catholic tradition is full of beautiful hymns – we need to sing them in Mass!
I recently came upon the beautiful voices of these religious sisters and I must say it’s as if angels are singing. You have to hear this and order their CD immediately! De Montfort Music is releasing this CD for purchase on their website or at Amazon.com. You can also purchase the CD via ITunes.
I would encourage you to support these religious sisters by purchasing their CD – Advent at Ephesus, support their convent and way of life, and follow De Montfort Music on Facebook and Twitter. I would also encourage you to forward this information to your Pastor and Director of Music and Liturgy. As Catholics, we must rise up, with these brilliant religious sisters (and others), and bring back the beauty of sacred music that for the past 30 years has been kept hidden in the dark recesses of parish office file cabinets and basements.