Detroit is known for it’s soulful Motown Music, now, thanks to a group of Catholic Sisters in a nearby suburb of the Motor City, a spirit sturring movement is breaking records and paving new ground in the music industry.
The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist of Ann Arbor, Michigan, shocked the music industry after landing in the number one spot on music billboards. The album, “Mater Eucharistiae,” came in first on the Classical Overall and Classical Traditional Charts last week.
The victory may have taken the Dominican Sisters of Mary by surprise but there’s no confusion as to where the groups success originates.
"We are astonished and grateful to God for leading us onto this path of recording our music for the world,” says Sister Joseph Andrew, one of four founders of the convent.
Sister Andrew goes on to add, “We set about this course only to please Him (GOD) with our music.” We are truly humbled by the outpouring of comments and of the stories that we have received already by those who have been soothed and filled with hope from listening to Mater Eucharistiae,"
Understanding that the Sisters are in direct competition with the seemingly more popular secular ditties flooding the airways and topping the download charts. This type of achievement sends a message that Christian Music is infiltrating uncharted ground and claiming victories that were once unimaginable.
But the group, apart of the De Montfort Music Label, does have competition in the ministry family. “Angels and Saints at Ephesus,” performed by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Missouri has held the top spot for 13 weeks before the Dominican Sisters of Mary dropped its album earlier this month.
Many remember The Dominican Sisters of Mary’s brush with world fame after a fierce display of gracious competition while on the hit game show, “The American Bible Challenge”, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy.
“I loved watching the sisters on the game show but when you stop to think how many people don’t listen to music like this but these Sisters were able to get number one makes this amazing,” says J. Johnson of Detroit.
The Dominican Sisters mission started back in 1997 with 4 sisters, today the order has grown to more than 100 with the average age of the Sisters ranging in the 20 something area.
C. Hunter of Detroit said, “I think once you’ve heard these women you won’t forget them, the music is so engaging, you can’t help but love it and they’re Michigan grown!”
Many Christians have long argued over the debate of what type of music is acceptable to listen to as a believer. Many feel rock, rap or even love songs are against God. Music has long been used during the Old and New Testaments’ as a tool to display what emotions are in the hearts of those who claim to come from God. God made music as a means to communicate feelings of triumph, victory, happiness, encouragement as well as other emotions that stir positive feelings.
If the type of music evokes negative emotions and the lyrics are contrary to the Bible, no matter what kind of music it is, it should be avoided. Music is so important to God that the longest book in the Bible is devoted to Psalms and written by the sweet psalmist, David.
Music is saturated throughout the Bible and its importance is made obvious because it was used for everything from comforting Saul while under a demonic spirit to crumbling the walls of Jericho to a celebration at the last supper.
Music is powerful, it has the ability to stir, empower and yes, even bring about memories of past loves and found childhood recollection.
The accomplishments made by all musically gifted artists should be applauded but also one should stop to consider which type of creative music builds positivity or breeds dreadful motives.
“Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8.