Advent at Ephesus

It was about two or three years ago that this author learned of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. Somehow, they were asked to make a CD of their Advent hymns. The Sisters recorded their first CD – Advent at Ephesus – two or three years back. I know there is more to the story, but at the moment this is as much as I can recall.

Considering my appreciation for Siervas, you might think I have a thing for singing nuns. In point of fact, Catholic nuns sing most of the time, just like Catholic monks do. It is a form of praise and worship that is centuries old. Joy and love naturally tries to find expression, I find, in music and song. Despite the fact that this author is not particularly talented in either area, she has a great appreciation for those who can sing praise as well as these Sisters do.

Listening to “Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth” performed by the Sisters in the video below, it is possible to imagine oneself kneeling in a great European cathedral. The images conjured up by the hymn put one in a good contemplative mood for Christmas – or just for raising one’s mind to God. I tend to listen to Advent at Ephesus outside of the season for which it was recorded. The Sisters’ rendition of “Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth” is one of my favorites.

Enjoy the hymn, readers. Happy Advent!


Advent at Ephesus – Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth

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