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Countdown to Dublin: Official Hymn for 2018 World Meeting of Families

July 19, 2018

The 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin is fast approaching!

As we get ready for the largest international gathering of families in the world, Salt + Light shares with you the official hymn, written by Irish composer Ephrem Feeley.
The theme for this year’s WMOF is The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World – the central focus of Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation: Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).
For his original composition, Feeley drew on Amoris Laetitia and on St. Paul’s famous hymn to love in 1 Corinthians, which introduces and concludes this new hymn in celebration of the joy of love.
To help you prepare for the 9th World Meeting of Families, Salt + Light is also airing the 6-part television series, Amoris. This series was commissioned by the World Meeting of Families and explores Pope Francis’ document, Amoris Laetitia, through the perspective of real-world families.

Watch Amoris on Salt + Light every Saturday at 10 pm EST.

And if you miss an episode, don’t worry! They can all be found online at the Amoris website.
To learn more about the 9th World Meeting of Families taking place in Dublin, Ireland, on August 21-26, 2018, visit their website.

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.

© World Meeting of Families 2018 Ltd. All rights reserved.

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