Joseph Lee Hooker sings the headline single from his 2009 "Our Priests" album, which has garnered accolades from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Pope Benedict XVI himself.
Hooker, a devout Catholic and shockingly, a documented abuse victim of the priest scandal first revealed in the late 90's in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, felt a compulsion to show solidarity and support for the priesthood and its countless members who strive to eradicate the current stigma of abuse and scandal.
"I've known so many priests in my life who have helped and supported me in my struggles and my faith," Hooker said. "Those priests, the true shepherds, help to heal and erase the damage done by others." The artist's response was to create this inspirational work that calls priests to a higher standard and has received an apostolic blessing from the pope.
"Our Priests" features an orchestral introduction that leading A & R company Taxi lauds as "dynamic" and "beautiful". "[Priests] have a difficult job that carries much responsibility," Taxi notes further. "The arrangement and production are outstanding."
"Our Priests" is Joseph Lee Hooker's eighth studio album in more than thirty-five years in the music industry. Prior works include a completely sung, musical Rosary entitled "Singing the Rosary". His latest album, "Heaven's On Its Way," was released in early 2011.
"Our Priests" from the album "Our Priests". Available on itunes and amazon.com
In this world of darkness, still there shines a light
Standing with God's people to show them what is right
They carry on the wisdom that God has handed down
They are truly diamonds in our Savior's crown
Our priests, they are treasures
Their hands, our saving grace
Instruments of God, they must never be disgraced
The world calls and taunts them, yet they firmly stand
Bringing light to darkness at the Lord's command
Serving Bread of Angels to the hungry lambs
Their voice of truth will lead us to the Promised Land
Eyes upon the Saviour, guided by their vow
Strongly must they shepherd, yet humbly must they bow
Shining light from heaven, teaching truth sublime
Reaching for perfection, touching the divine
Our priests, our saving grace, our priests
Never be disgraced, our priests, our saving grace
Copyright 2009, 2010 Joseph Lee Hooker
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