Friday, October 4, 2013

Faith of our Fathers


  1. I remember singing this hymn at church when I was young, and hearing and singing it again at the Grotto in Detroit as an adult. It's one of those tunes that pop in my head and I can usually pull up the first verse and refrain in my head. It's one of those tunes that I can (kinda) carry off with my tendency toward tone deafness and sing with exuberance.

  2. While trying to remember the words, I started thinking and contemplating the meaning...

  3. Faith of our fathers, living still...

  4. It is only by miraculous means, isn't it? We know our Faith will live beyond us, maybe in smaller numbers than our fathers time, maybe larger, but It will live on, as promised, as It has these many many years...

We will be true to Thee Til death.

Will we be true to Thee if faced with dungeon, fire and sword? Martyrdom! God gives us Grace we need to face our fate, whatever that may be. As a child I feared and thrilled at the idea of martyrdom, with my limited idea of what that meant.  Across, our world today, Christians are the most persecuted faith

And preach thee, too, as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life

Most will not be called to testify of their Faith in martyrdom; all are called to instruct, love, and live a virtuous life until we die.

  1. Faith of Our Fathers was written by Father Frederick Faber, a Catholic convert from Church of England in 1849. He wrote this hymn in honor of English martyrs who suffered under the realm of Henry VIIII. Sometimes Protestant hymnals change the last stanza.


  2. 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!
    • Refrain:
      Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
      We will be true to thee till death.
  3. 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.
  4. 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! Mary's prayers
Shall win our country back to thee:
And from the truth that come from God,
England shall then indeed be free.

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