Feast of the Douai Martyrs and Saint Cuthbert Mayne

Landscape with a Cross. Lithuania - Maxim Vorobiev

Landscape with a Cross, Lithuania, Maxim Vorobiev

Father Faber, the distinguished convert, whose mission, even though originally aimed at ‘the educated classes’, included serving the Irish poor of the stews around Covent Garden, wrote Faith of Our Fathers in memory of the martyrs since the Reformation and as an exhortation to the Faith. This is the ‘English’ version: he also wrote a version for use in Ireland:

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, holy faith!

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

We will be true to thee till death.

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.

Faith of our fathers, holy faith!

We will be true to thee till death.

 

Who is the Father Faber de nos jours? I nominate Father Blake.

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