POPE FRANCIS called on the faithful to express their gratitude for those in consecrated life. What better way to offer praise and thanksgiving than in song?
That is why the editors of VISION Vocation Guide and the National Religious Vocation Conference commissioned world-renowned composer Steven Warner to write a song in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life. The result, “Wake the world with dawning joy,” celebrates the unique and ancient form of discipleship that is known as consecrated life and, inspired by the words of Pope Francis, urges men and women religious to continue to wake the world with their witness.
We hope you will sing this special song in your parishes and religious communities and incorporate it in your worship and prayer services throughout the Year of Consecrated Life and beyond to remind each of us of Christ’s call to wake up the world and live in a different way—a way of faith, hope, love, and joy!
—Patrice J. Tuohy
For more information see the VISION website: http://www.vocationnetwork.org/articles/show/455
PDFs of the FULL SCORE, MELODY, or Multilingual Edition of “Wake the World with Dawning Joy."
Important note: With any reprint of the lyrics or music of this song, please include the following credit: © Steven C. Warner, 2014. Commissioned by NRVC and VISION Vocation Guide in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life.
Click on the music to hear a recording of Wake the World with Dawning Joy in English. for other versions and more information on the song, see the Vision website at http://www.vocationnetwork.org/articles/show?id=455.