“the music Sheehan has created for this Liturgy is of extraordinary beauty, depth of feeling, and spiritual exaltation. Although it sometimes rises to the heights of ecstasy, the predominant mood, conveyed by beautiful, gently undulating melodic lines, is one of serenity and contemplation, permeated by a sense of awe and otherworldly mystery. As one would expect from his background and experience, Sheehan’s handling of choral writing is expert, but it is also inspired. I am at a loss to pick out individual numbers as highlights because there are so many of them. … while the CD is quite good, the stereo Blu-ray sound predictably offers greater spaciousness, clarity, definition, and color. … the Saint Tikhon Choir sings beautifully, with luminous, blended tone, excellent intonation, and deep commitment. There is in their renditions an intensely devotional quality that I have noticed as well in other religiously affiliated choruses, such as Gloriæ Dei Cantores and those of PaTRAM, a quality that derives from profound belief in the message of the music and words they are singing. One senses that they are not just performing music but also engaging in an act of worship.
In his notes for this release, Benedict Sheehan writes that he offers this music “for the enjoyment and consolation of every soul.” I found both of these in his beautiful and moving work.”