WOOD HATH HOPE by St. Louis Jesuits

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by St. Louis Jesuits

Wood Hath Hope brings a musical expression of hope and trust in the word of God for every Christian on the journey of faith. Originally published by NALR in 1978, this is Jesuit Father John Foley's debut solo album, a collection of liturgical songs for assemblies, choirs, folk groups, and musicians for a variety of feasts and seasons.

Written, recorded and released while Father Foley was still a member of the St. Louis Jesuits, Wood Hath Hope features some of his all-time most beloved hymns, including his popular setting of Psalm 34, "The Cry of the Poor"; the gentle yet powerful "Come to the Water" and the unifying "One Bread, One Body."

The St. Louis Jesuit’s belief that people at worship need music that is colorful and melodic yet not beyond reach rings true in this collection. Their goal of creating excellent music, music that is for the people, continues to bless the Church some three decades later.

Note: This contains some Mass parts that are no longer approved for liturgical use.

List of Songs:

1. Come To The Water - 5:15
2. The Cry Of The Poor - 3:15
3. Flowers Still Grow There - 3:00
4. Glory To God - 4:10
5. I Rejoiced When I Heard Them Say - 3:10
6. Mighty Lord - 3:20
7.  One Bread, One Body - 4:25
8.  Our Help Is From The Lord - 1:45
9.  Son Of David - 3:45
10. This is the Day - 2:15
11. Wood Hath Hope - 2:20

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Original Released Year: 1978 
Record Label: OCP
Genre: Religious & Inspirational
Artist: John Foley, S.J.
Genre: Christian & Gospel
Release Year: 2003

For more than 40 years, Christians around the world have sung Father John Foley's beloved songs, which include “The Cry of the Poor”; “One Bread, One Body”; “Come to the Water” and “Earthen Vessels.” These are his gifts to the Church.

Jesuit Father John Foley is a liturgical and classical composer, theologian, liturgist, and writer. He has a gift for taking timeless truths, drawn from Scripture, re-crafting them into poetry and setting them to timeless melodies. For more than 40 years, this gift has given voice to the prayer and worship of Christian communities around the world. Father Foley has a doctorate in liturgical theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, as well as master’s degrees in philosophy and fundamental theology.

Some of his most familiar hymns are included in liturgical collections of the St. Louis Jesuits such as A Dwelling Place, Let Heaven Rejoice, and Morning Light. In 2015, OCP released the 40th-anniversary edition of Earthen Vessels, the group's best-selling second album. And in the fall of 2017, OCP celebrated the 40th anniversary of their classic Christmas album, Gentle Night, with a beautifully remixed and remastered commemorative edition.

His classic songs for worship appear in major Catholic and Protestant hymnals internationally, in every modern language. He is also the editor of The Heart of Our Music, a three-volume series of books with essays on liturgy and ministry (Liturgical Press), and his articles have appeared widely.

Father Foley lectures across the country on liturgical music and the spirituality of liturgy. He also founded the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University, a national think tank for studying and teaching the liturgy. He was Director of the Center from 1993–2011. He now is the Editor in Chief of the Saint Louis University Sunday Web Site, a very popular weekly review of Sunday’s liturgical readings from several dozen different perspectives (liturgy.slu.edu).