SONG: Wake the world with dawning joy

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Composer Steve Warner playing guitar at liturgy

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


AUDIO MULTILINGUAL (Verses in French, Italian, Spanish, and English)


PDFs of the MELODY, or Multilingual Edition of “Wake the World with Dawning Joy." 

During the Year of Consecrated Life you may download and reprint the scores above at no charge.

Important note: With any reprint of the lyrics or music of this song, please include the following credit:
Commissioned by NRVC and VISION Vocation Guide in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life. Copyright © 2014, World Library Publications, 3708 River Road, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158. All rights reserved.  


World Library Publications (WLP) was the original publisher of “Wake the World with Dawning Joy.” The piece, scored for two-part choir with descant, keyboard, guitar, and trumpet, which includes the full international version (with French, Italian and Spanish verses), may be purchased by visiting GIA Music at


Steven Warner is the founder and director of the Notre Dame Folk Choir. He has been a member of the campus ministry staff since 1979.

Under his guidance, the folk choir has continued to develop new ritual song, for use on both Notre Dame’s campus and throughout the English-speaking world. For more than 25 years, the ensemble has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. In 2008, Warner was recognized as Musician of the Year by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Warner’s sacred music is published through WLP Publications of Chicago. In the past three years, WLP released two recorded collections of sacred music by the folk choir. A new collection, “Tune My Heart,”  will be released in fall of 2014.




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