"When we sing, we don't simply sing. We pray." - The Priests
Fathers Eugene (aged 48) and Martin O'Hagan (aged 45), who are brothers, and David Delargy (aged 44) have each achieved the ambitions nurtured when they were at school together of having their own parishes in the Northern Ireland diocese of Down and Connor where they tend to the spiritual needs of thousands of devout parishioners. Now they have formally begun their work as The Priests, their music will be religious and spiritually inspired classics including Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus. The Priests have recorded all the tracks from this album with the Philharmonic Academy of Rome Choir from St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The album is stickered to highlight the Philharmonic Academy of Rome's involvement in this wonderful new work.
A wonderful new CD of Catholic classics sung by three Irish tenor priests who are based in northern Ireland. Global Superstars The Priests - Father Eugene O’Hagan, his brother Martin and their old school friend David Delargy - are amongst the most recognized and successful acts in both the religious and secular worlds, having sold 3 million albums.
It was at St. MacNissi’s College in Derry, Ireland, where Father Eugene O’Hagen, Father Martin O’Hagen, and Father David Delargy met for the first time and realized their musical prowess as a singing trio. Nicknamed Holy Holy Holy by their peers due to their shared determination to enter the priesthood, the talented group was first noticed by a priest at their school.
After leaving St. MacNissi’s, they followed their vocation, training at The Seminary in Belfast, and The Priests concluded their studies at the revered Irish College in Rome.
While in Rome, Eugene took singing lessons with the famous Sergio Ballani, music director for the Vatican. Almost immediately their combined talent was recognized: They were invited by the Pope’s private secretary, Monseignour Magee, to sing for the Pope in the sacred liturgy.
The Priests’ careers overlapped once again as they all eventually returned to Ireland, where they began their work in various special ministries. Each now lives the life of a full time parish priest, tending the spiritual needs of their parishioners.
The outpouring of interest and support for the trio has shown that the world is ready for something positive and beautiful in these difficult and challenging times. From the Label
1. Ave Maria (4:35)
2. Die Schöpfung/Mit Würd und Hoheit Angetan (3:54)
3. Panis Angelicus (3:32)
4. Irish Blessing (2:58)
5. Benedictus (3:29)
6. Plegaria (Los Tres Amores) (3:54)
7. Pie Jesu (3:14)
8. Hacia Belen (2:44)
9. Abide with Me (3:30)
10. Ag Crióst an Siól (3:38)
11. Gloria/Domine Fili Unigente (2:26)
12. O Holy Night (3:31)
13. Ecce Sacerdos Magnus (2:58)
14. Be Still My Soul (2:41)
A Beautiful and Timeless Performance
I must admit, when I first heard about three Irish priests putting out a CD of Catholic Classics, I was less than impressed. Don't get me wrong, I love beautiful choral pieces as much as the next guy but I didn't think it would be anything special. I was in for a large, and largely unintended, shock. I was laid up on my couch sick and had EWTN on, and there I see Raymond Arroyo standing at the front of St Malachy's Catholic Church in New York City. He was introducing the Priest's St Patrick's Day concert. In short order, Father Delargy and the Fathers O'Hagen (both of them) took their places in the sanctuary (the Blessed Sacrament being properly reserved elsewhere for the evening). "Alright," I thought "let's see what all the fuss is about." I saw. I saw immediately.
It would probably be more accurate to say "I heard". I later went and bought the CD and it was a true joy. From s Full Review...
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