FAITH OF OUR FATHERS                                                             written in 1849

The Story

            The Christian faith is rooted in history… from the Old Testament, through the New Testament, and in the Church. Though our faith must be a personal choice, our faith has also been passed on from generation to generation.

Frederick Faber thought the new religious movements in his day were dangerous. He felt there was too much emphasis on the emotional experience of the moment. After 3 years as an Anglican minister, he left that denomination and joined the Roman Catholic Church. He appreciated the connection to the past he found there, and he respected the martyrs who had given their lives for Christ. But, as a Roman Catholic, he missed the singing he had enjoyed as an Anglican. So, he wrote hymns to fill the void.

Today, churches of all denominations sing Faber’s hymns, grateful to God for the faith of our spiritual ancestors.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and make it your own walk through your spiritual history!

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.

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:

how sweet would be their children’s fate, if they, like them, could die for thee!

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.
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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