Official Hymn for World Meeting of Families 2018

Composed by Ephrem Feeley

Love bears all things, endures all things
Love longs for all things good, love never ends

Love is patient, and love is kind.
Love is not resentful; it is not rude.
Love is not arrogant, nor boastful, nor jealous,
but love rejoices, rejoices in the truth

The joy of love, a joy for all God’s family,
The joy of love transcending time and space.
Our Love for each other mirrors God the Father’s love. 
The joy of love: a joy for all the earth.

Here in God's family all find their home.
All can find salvation troubled souls find peace.
Here is found tenderness, compassion and justice
Here God reaches down to us and touches us with grace.


Love is our origin, our constant calling.
Love is our fulfilment, in God’s dwelling place.
Love is the mystery of Father, Son and Spirit,
Love is communion of blessed Trinity.


This is what God asks of us, to act with justice, 
to love with tenderness, to walk humbly with God,
to give our lives in service to others.  
The joy of the Gospel is the joyful love of Christ!


Love bears all things, endures all things
love longs for all things good, love never ends.

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About the Hymn

“A Joy for all the World” is the official hymn for World Meeting of Families 2018 and was composed by young Irish composer Ephrem Feeley. The hymn found its inspiration in the document Amoris Laetitia - the Joy of Love, written in 2016 by Pope Francis following the Synods on the Family held over the preceding two years.

Chapter 4 of Amoris Laetitia is a reflection on the famous Hymn to Love found in 1 Corinthians 13 and our composer felt that his piece should begin with this wonderful Pauline text, as he explains:

"To provide musical and textual symmetry, the introduction is repeated with these words as a coda, though with pared-back accompaniment to highlight their simplicity and elegance. The main focus of Amoris Laetitia is the domestic family and there are also theological parallels between this and God's family in the Church. Although the performing forces for this piece are substantial for regular parish situations, perhaps for special occasions, at least one trumpet (playing the uppermost line) could be used. The lyrical nature of the melody allows for this piece to be performed by smaller forces too, even a single voice and accompaniment, making it suitable for weddings. The piece also is suitable for general use, and could be used as a strong stately entrance or communion processional hymn."

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Recording of the WMOF2018 Hymn

COMPOSER: Ephrem Feeley
PRODUCER: Dr. Sharon Lyons
CONDUCTER: Damian Gallagher 
CHILDREN’S CHOIR: Piccolo Lasso, Director Dr. Ite O’Donovan
SOLOISTS: Sharon Lyons, Derek Mahady
ORGAN: Professor Gerard Gillen
PIANO: Dr. Paul Mc Keever                        
VIOLIN: Denice Doyle
VIOLIN: Aoife Dowdall                            
VIOLA: Karen Dervan
CELLO: David Doyle
TRUMPET: Mark Adams
TRUMPET: Martin Smutney
Evelyn Cryan, Dominique Cunningham, Anne Davison,Audrey Harte, Fidelma Kelly, Sharon Lyons,John Magee, Derek Mahady, Karen O’Donovan,Simon Orrock, Michael Sherman, Gifford Whittle,Joseph Whittle, Rosemary Wilson.
LOCATION: Blackrock College Chapel, Dublin


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