Faith of Our Fathers…

…holy faith! We will be true to thee till death.

We are all familiar with that song, right? Do you know the history of the song? It was written by convert and priest, Fr. Frederick William Faber in 1849 as a tribute to English Catholic Martyrs who died during the reign of King Henry VIII. The four verses — yes, four, did you know there were four? No? Well, you should! The fourth verse is obviously Catholic and a prayerful plead by the author for the return of England to the Catholic Church.


Faith of our fathers, living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whenever we hear that glorious Word!

Refrain:

Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers, we will strive
To win all nations unto Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
We all shall then be truly free.

Refrain

Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach Thee, too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life.

Refrain

Faith of our fathers, Mary’s prayers
Shall win our country back to Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
England shall then indeed be free.

Source: cyberhymbal.org

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