Faith of our fathers, living still

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!
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!
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!
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!
Ayo Makanju

Powder Springs, Georgia, United States

What a beautiful song on a special father's day celebration. We don't miss this soul inspiring hymn on father's day in my Church. God bless the composer.

Phillip Rowell

Waynesville, Georgia, United States

This is new to me, as much as I hate to admit it. I have selected it as our choir special for Father's Day and everyone knew it, except me! I am younger than most of our choir, but still, I know a lot of the older songs and cannot believe I've never even heard this song until last week, when requested to be done by our piano player. It is beautiful.

Jason Appleby

Riverdale, Maryland, United States

This song means so much to me. It depicts how our faith as followers of Christ should be ready to face any adversity at any cost those who have the freedom to worship be thankful those who don't. May your faith in the Lord be strong and steadfast. Praise the Lord!

Richard Kwabena Asare

Tema, Ashaiman Lebanon, Ghana

I love this hymn, it's very inspirational, it tells us not to compromise our faith, we should just believe in God just our forefathers did. I am blessed by this song.

Sir James Ekperahwa

Lagos, South Western Nigeria, Nigeria

This song is very apt for our situation in Nigeria especially in the North Eastern part where politicians have used Islam to unleash unprecedented terror on Christian and churches, yet we have not heard that the faithfuls are recanting, at the end the gate of hell will crumble, Christ reign will be established in all nations even Nigeria. Our faith is a holy faith and not a terror faith. It also reminds me of late Lady Theresa Omotesa Ekperahwa (may her soul rest in peace) who even in her dying bed held her faith in Christ firm. It is inspirational. I LOVE THE SONG.

Mathew Aledare

Lokoja, Kogi, Nigeria

To God be the glory.

Christopher Wendt

Wantagh, New York, United States

Thanks to the folks who provided some historical perspective on the Catholic hymn from the mid-nineteenth century. However, I am still trying to find out how this wonderful hymn made it into the Lutheran Book of Worship ('The Green Book', currently used by the ELCA).

Theresa Fewtrell

Manchester, Lancs

When I was little and they still sang this in the Catholic Mass it would make me feel overwhelming sadness as I thought it was about my Father and the line "we will be true to thee till death" always made me cry. I have no idea why this memory has surfaced now..50 years on, my dad passed 20 years ago, but I had a strong urge to share this and where better?? I love and miss him more than I EVER would have

Tony Adegbenro

Liverpool., England, United Kingdom

Great song. It's Father's Day and I was preparing my heart for Sunday Worship when the Holy Spirit dropped this song in my heart and I was overjoyed immediately. Perfect wording that requires no change whatsoever as requested by Dave who made the last comment before mine. I don't know what his religion is but oh how we need to be true indeed till death meaning till our last breath. The tune played is the only one I know and Iove it. Please suggest other tunes if you have one. God bless.


The piano music was very nice, but the words need a complete rewrite. I feel that someone has changed the meaning of the song. The song was originally about heavens, people trying to be good, and be careful about their money and food, so that heaven can control the criminals. Some of the original people got injured and their families wanted to try to take care of them, while they were injured and unemployed, and were living slightly poor. But the modified words make it sound as if the originals and their children are dying. We are trying not to die. We are trying to stay safe while heaven is controlling the criminal nations. Try not to take the words literally about true to thee till death. and worse yet, children dying to save nations. My religion has a softer interpretation, where families are helping take care of their injured family members so that they don't die. Especially people hoping to be rescued. We try to be true to heaven. But hopefully this will not involve death of heavens people. But it is a catchy tune. It needs different words.