Triumphantly returning after a 20-year hiatus, the St. Louis Jesuits—Tim Manion, Dan Schutte and Jesuit Fathers Bob Dufford, John Foley and Roc O’Connor—bless us once again with their incredible talents in Morning Light. Featuring the work of some of the most beloved liturgical composers of all time, this album provides songs of hope for Sunday liturgies, funerals, retreats, prayer services and other celebrations.
With each song, this amazing group proves once again that they still have the uncanny ability to set Scripture-based texts to beautiful, accessible, innovative melodies that fit and enhance the liturgy and touch the hearts of today’s worshipers. Reflecting 20 years of spiritual and musical growth, these new compositions have a depth, maturity and humility filled with “the hope we have been called to.”
Highlights include “Gather the People,” by Dan Schutte, a spirited, syncopated entrance hymn that builds toward a grand, full-choir finale that draws the entire assembly into full participation, and “O Beauty, Ever Ancient,” by Roc O’Connor, which features gentle violin and acoustic guitar and challenges us to find renewal and “new life” in God.
Offering incredible instrumentation infused with the genius, faith and maturity of these legendary composers, Morning Light from the St. Louis Jesuits is the latest in a long line of classic collections.