Faith of our fathers, living still

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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 that glorious word!
Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death!
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Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free;
And blest would be their children’s fate,
If they, like them should die for thee:
Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death!
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Faith of our fathers, we will strive
To win all nations unto thee;
And through the truth that comes from God
Mankind shall then indeed be free.
Faith of our fathers! holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death!
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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!
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Samuel Azumah Ayelewine

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

I love the song, I heard it in deeper life. Spiritual the song has nothing to do with our local churches, this song also talks about the faith our fathers demonstrated which is recorded in the book of Hebrews 11. Lets execute the faith of Abraham, Enoch and all our fathers who by faith believed in God.


Elaine

Glasgow, Shotts, United Kingdom

I read those comments I too learned the version with Mary's prayers.

But on looking more into the author he was an Anglican priest who converted to Catholicism in 1847 and write faith of our fathers two years later.

The original words where county back there and Mary's prayers must have been added later.

I remember this being used as a catholic battle hymn.

But that wasn't the intention He was obviously writing about going back to our original faith remember Britain was once catholic.

Also I think with his conversion in -1847 and writing this 1849.

We can safely assume it's definitely a catholic hymn.

Especially when he was criticised and heckled during his life by Methodists for introducing catholic theology into his mass.


Stephen Ndode

Buea, Cameroon

It is an important hymn! Very inspiring!


Judith Mays

Kissimmee, Florida, United States

Instead of arguing about whose hymn this was originally, we should be thanking God that we have this beautiful hymn and all Christians, or anyone else for that matter, can enjoy it. Church of England, Baptist, Methodist, Catholic and who ever else believes in our Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus wants all Christians to come together. That will make Him happy.


Godwin Iko Ayuba

Kaduna, Nigeria

Sang it in Spirit and Faith today at St Christopher's Ang Church during Father's Day celebration.

It's truly inspiring.


Pastor Sunday Adeleke

Lagos, Nigeria

This is a faith-inspiring song. It is highly inspirational. May the Lord bless the soul of the composer and all listeners in Jesus name, amen.


Henrich Brockhaus

Bellingham, WA, United States

Dear Chaz54. You are right, this is in its original form a wonderful Catholic hymn. That's why it has been co-opted by other churches. Once the biblically controversial phrase "Mary's prayers" and the allusions to different nations (Irish, English, etc.) have been removed it has become a truly catholic (universal, all-embracing) hymn. Now the whole Body of Christ (anyone saved by Christ's redeeming death) can sing it, no matter of what denomination. At a time when secular culture encroaches on and even replaces Bible truths, we have to go back to our roots and stand up for them. "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent" Revelation 2:5. "Faith of our fathers! holy faith! We will be true to thee till death.


ufot

Lagos, Nigeria

Jesus love you.


David Meskill.

Ireland

I learned this hymn as a boy over 45 years ago it was allways sung at the conclusion of Holy hour & Benediction in our local church in Ardpatrick watching the Black & white clad accolites reminded me of my boyhood days as a mass server. Good days.


Monday Chinwendu U.

Aba, Abia, Nigeria

I pray for this kind of faith.