Sunday, June 19, 2016

Faith of our Fathers

Father's Day 2016

Today in worship we sang this song:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  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.

    A bit of the history:
    Faith of our Fathers is an English Catholic hymn, written in 1849
     by Frederick William Faber in memory of the Catholic martyrs
     from the time of the establishment of the Church of England by Henry VIII.
    Faber wrote two versions of the hymn: with seven stanzas for Ireland 
    and with four for England. The Irish version was sung at hurling matches until the 1960s.
    In England and Ireland it is usually sung to the traditional tune Sawston
    in the U.S. the tune St Catherine by Henri Hemy is more commonly used.

    I would believe that for just about all of us-- 
    the dungeon part went right past us.
    We weren't thinking about
     martyrs of the faith.
    We were singing in a sanctuary  
    without thinking about the freedom
     of gathering and
    professing our faith.
    And on this Father's Day 
    in the United States-
     I give thanks for the faith of my father,
    and for the faith of his father.
     I give thanks for the faith of the
    father of our three daughters.
    My husband- John,
    who by God's rich grace
     lives out the faith of his father,
     and his grandfather.
    And by this gift of grace,
     this earthly father 
    may have the blessing of
    sharing stories of faith 
    and the love of the heavenly Father
    with three sons-in-law and
     these three young grandsons.
    So that faith of our fathers
    is not just some passing phrase of a song-
    that it might be the very essence of

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