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04-12-2013, 08:35 AM
This hymn was a rallying cry for centuries of Catholicism in England and Ireland, and stretching to Australia of course.

Faith of Our Fathers (hymn)
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Faith of our Fathers is an English Catholic hymn, written in 1849[1] by Frederick William Faber in memory of the Catholic martyrs from the time of the establishment of the Church of England by Henry VIII.[2] Faber wrote two versions of the hymn: with seven stanzas for Ireland and with four for England.[3] The Irish version was sung at hurling matches until the 1960s.[4]
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.

Faith of our fathers, living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene'er we hear thy wondrous voice!

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.


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.


NOTE: Re*flect*ing Fa*ber’s Ca*tho*licism, the orig*in*al third stan*za was:
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.

And here it is belted out with full gusto by Frank Patterson

04-12-2013, 10:32 AM
It dates back to religious persecution in England when heads were lopped off at the whim of a Catholic or anti-Catholic monarch - pre-Enlightenment days. Then after about a hundred or so years they realised that you can't just keep lopping heads off because of religious differences