The Dominican Sisters of Mary, a monastic community near Ann Arbor, Michigan, came out of nowhere in 2012 with their best-selling album Mater Eucharistiae. The album's popularity extended well beyond Catholic religious circles and landed the sisters on the likes of Oprah Winfrey. The Rosary has the quality that made the first album take off: absolute, direct Midwestern simplicity of utterance. The bulk of what you get here is not music but spoken Rosary prayers, accompanied in the background by an organ and choral singing similar to what was heard on the earlier release. No attempt is made to add any musical elaboration or self-consciously mystical spirit to the texts, which are reproduced in the booklet along with a numbered diagram of a string of Rosary beads. At the end are a well-chosen "bonus" (it's not clear under what conditions you wouldn't get the bonus) trio of choral compositions, the last of them original to the choir itself. The appeal of Mater Eucharistiae was that nobody had done anything remotely like it. The novelty may have worn off this time around, but those who found a religious simplicity in the earlier album will likely be happy to have more of the same.
|Label:||De Montfort Music|
Performance CreditsDominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus
Maria Miguel Wright Trumpet
Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz Organ
Sister Peter Joseph Wardlaw Violin
Sister Isaac Marie Breckler Leader
Mary Magdalene Quinn Leader
Maris Stella Ragetli Leader
Maria Gemma Martek Leader
Hyacinth Hayward Leader
Technical CreditsJohn Rutter Arranger
R.L. Pearsall Arranger
Saint Teresa of Avila Original Lyrics
Blanton Alspaugh Producer
John Newton Engineer
Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz Composer
Sister Peter Joseph Wardlaw Arranger
Mary Gabriel Whitney Composer,Lyricist
Maria Veritas Marks Lyricist
Sister Peter Thomas Burson Arranger
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The Rosary: Mysteries, Meditations & Music based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Refreshing spoken-word rosary prayer. It is an honor to provide a few comments about this profound rosary prayer on CD. Partnering with these holy women in prayer is like partnering with God's messengers in prayer. It is a spoken-word version; it is not a musical version, although there is quiet music in the background and three sung hymns after concluding prayers. I prefer this minimal-frill approach. The reverence and respect demonstrated in this powerful rosary prayer by the Dominican Sisters of Mary/Mother of the Eucharist are beautiful, holy, and inspiring. Highly recommended for ages 16 and up, and for all who want to deepen their prayer life.