Faith of Our Fathers

Rev. F. W. Faber

Faith of our Fathers! living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword,
Oh! how our hearts beat high with joy,
Whene’er we hear that glorious word.

Chorus
Faith of our Fathers! holy Faith!
We will be true to thee till death!

Our Fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free;
How sweet would be their children’s fate,
If they, like them could die for thee.

Faith of our Fathers! Mary’s prayers
Shall win our country back to thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
Our land shall then indeed be free.

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.

Faith of our Fathers! days of old
Within our hearts speak gallantly;
For ages thou hast stood by us,
Dear Faith, and now we’ll stand by thee.

The Marist Brothers, American Catholic Hymnal (New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1911).

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Ave, Verum Corpus

Ave, verum Corpus, natum
Ex Maria Virgine,
Vere passum, immolatum,
In cruce pro homine.
O clemens, O pie,
O dulcis, dulcis Jesu, Jesu Fili Mariae.

Cujus latus perforatum
Vero fluxit sanguine,
Esto nobis praegustatum
Mortis in examine.
O clemens, O pie,
O dulcis, dulcis Jesu, Jesu Fili Mariae.

Hail, true Body of the Saviour,
Spotless Mary’s Virgin birth!
Slain upon the cross to cleanse us
By His pains from sins of earth.
Hear us, merciful and gracious
O sweet Jesu, Mary’s child.

From Whose side, for sinners pierced,
Water flow’d and mingled blood,
May’st Thou, dearest Lord, be given
In death’s hour to be our food.
Hear us, merciful and gracious
O sweet Jesu, Mary’s child.

J. B. Young, The Roman Hymnal (New York: Fr. Pustet & Co., 1884).

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Mother of Mercy

Mother of Mercy, day by day
My lore of thee grows more and more;
Thy gifts are strown upon my way,
Like sands upon the great sea-shore.

Though poverty and work and woe
The masters of my life may be;
In darkest hours, who does not know
That all is light with love of thee?

Ah, little know they of thy worth
Who would thy love deny to me;
For what did Jesus love on earth
One-half so tenderly as thee?

Oh. gain me grace to love thee more;
Thy Son will give if thou wilt plead:
And, Mother, when life’s cares are o’er.
Oh, I shall love thee then indeed.

My Lord, when his three hours were run,
Bequeath’d thee from the cross to me;
And oh, how can I love thy Son,
Sweet Mother, if I love not thee?

Henry Formby, ed., First Series of Hymns and Songs for the Use of Catholic Schools and Families (London: Burns and Lambert, 1853).

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Thou Loving Maker of Mankind

Thou loving Maker of mankind,
Before thy throne we pray and weep;
Oh! strengthen us with grace divine,
This solemn, sacred time to keep!

Refrain
Hear us, Hear us, O Trinity thrice blest!
Sole Unity, to Thee, to Thee we cry;
Vouchsafe us from these fasts below
To reap immortal joy on high.

Great Judge of hearts, Thou dost discern
Our ills, and all our weakness know;
Again to Thee with tears we turn,
Again to us thy mercy show.

Much have we sinned; but we confess
Our guilt, and all our faults deplore:
Oh! for the praise of thy great Name,
Our fainting souls to health restore.

And grant us, while by fasts we strive
This mortal body to control,
To fast from all the food of sin,
And so to purify the soul.

E. F. MacGonigle, The Sodalist’s Hymnal (Philadelphia: E. F. MacGonigle, 1887).

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O God of Loveliness

Tuus sum ego

O God of loveliness,
O Lord of Heaven above,
How worthy to possess
My heart’s devoted love!
So sweet Thy countenance,
So gracious to behold,
That one, one only glance
To me were bliss untold.

Thou art blest Three in One,
Yet undivided still;
Thou art that One alone
Whose love my heart can fill.
The heavens, the earth below,
Were fashioned by Thy Word;
How amiable art Thou,
My ever-dearest Lord!

Were hearts as countless mine
As sands upon the shore,
All should in choir combine
To love Thee evermore.
And ev’ry heart should yearn
With tenderest desire,
And in my bosom burn
With flames of holiest fire.

To think Thou art my God,
O thought for ever blest!
My heart has overflowed
With joy within my breast.
My soul so full of bliss
Is plunged as in a sea,
Deep in the sweet abyss
Of holy charity.

No object here below
Awakens my desire;
No suffering nor woe
Can grief or pain inspire.
The world I could despise,
Though it were all of gold;
Thee only do I prize
O Mine of wealth untold!

O Loveliness supreme,
And Beauty infinite;
O ever-flowing Stream,
An Ocean of delight;
O Life by which I live,
My truest life above,
To Thee alone I give
My undivided love.

The Marist Brothers, American Catholic Hymnal (New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1911).

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Come, Holy Ghost, Thou Lord of Grace

Come, Holy Ghost, Thou Lord of Grace,
Come, make our hearts Thy dwelling place;
For Thou the best consoler art,
Who dost Thy seven gifts impart:
Come, Holy Ghost, fill every heart.

On Thee we call, our Paraclete,
The Gift of God, with grace replete,
The Fount of Life, the Fire of Love,
And sacred Unction from above:
Come, Holy Ghost, Thou heavenly Dove.

Drive far away our deadly foe,
And Thine enduring peace bestow;
Be Thou our Guardian, Thou our Guide,
O’er every thought and step preside:
Come, Holy Ghost, in us abide.

May we through Thee the Father know,
And in our love for Jesus grow;
May we profess in steadfast creed
Thyself Who dost from Both proceed:
Come, Holy Ghost, we humbly plead.

John G. Hacker, Catholic Hymnal (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1920).

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Litany of the Childhood of Jesus

By the name which thou didst take,
Suffering early for our sake;
Name ador’d on bended knee,
Name of grace and majesty,—

Chorus
Child of Mary, hear our cry!
Thou wert little once as we;
Hear the loving Litany
We, thy children, sing to thee.

By the joy of Simeon blest,
When he clasp’d thee to his breast;
By the widow’d Anna’s song,
Pour’d amid the wondering throng,—

By thine angel-bidden flight
Into Egypt in the night;
By thy home at Herod’s death
In despised Nazareth,—

By thy tender mother’s fears,
By her many sighs and tears,
As she sought thee night and day,
Turning back upon her way,—

By her wond’ring love and awe,
In the Temple when she saw
Thee, her child, so young and fair,
Wiser than the wisest there,—

Henry Formby, ed., First Series of Hymns and Songs for the Use of Catholic Schools and Families (London: Burns and Lambert, 1853).

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