Release date: August 2013
Fortunate Fall is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Audrey Assad, released independently on August 13, 2013. Fortunate Fall features eleven songs in three movements - one movement each to explore Man's need for God, Christ's humility as the good Shepherd, and the Holy Spirit as Light and Revealer of the Love of God. In a manner befitting church use, Fortunate Fall explores the mystery posited by St Augustine when he said, "God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to permit no evil to exist." - Enchiridion (c. 420 ), Ch. 27
Influences on Fortunate Fall range from the Anglican choral tradition and harmony-laden hymns of Audrey's youth to Catholic liturgy and charismatic prayer. The title is an alternate translation of the phrase "O happy fault," which appears in the Exsultet: "O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed completely by the Death of Christ! O happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!"