One Bread, Two Eyes

John Foley’s entry in the dance, “One Bread, One Body,” dates to the late 1970’s. Arguably the most musically experienced of the St Louis Jesuits, Foley had the greatest variety of compositions of his Jesuit brothers in the 1970’s: organ and choir, guitar and singer, psalms, saints, and in the case of this song, a combination of Saint Paul and the Didache.

In the first decade of the SLJ’s, he was the most prolific of his companions, and the first to publish a collection of music exclusively his own, Wood Hath Hope, in which this tune is described:

The refrain … reflects the unity of all people even within their divisions. Thus, a broad rendition of the refrain, slowing down enough so that a huge number of people can join in, would be highly appropriate. The organ accompaniment, published separately, can be used simultaneously with guitars or instead of them.

So … several years before Mass of Creation, this was already a hope: a unity among parish musicians.

In the other corner is an OCP favorite, “Open My Eyes, Lord” by Jesse Manibusan. Let the composer himself sing it for you.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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