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Faith of Our Fathers (hymn)

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"'Faith of our Fathers'" is a Catholic hymn, written in 1849 by Frederick William Faber in memory of the Catholic Martyrs from the time of the establishment of the Church of England by Henry VIII and Elizabeth. Faber wrote two versions of the hymn: one with seven stanzas for Ireland, and another with four for England. The Irish version was sung at hurling matches until the 1960s.

In England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, it is usually sung to the traditional tune 'Sawston'; in the United States, the tune 'St Catherine' by Henri Hemy is more commonly used.


In countries outside of England, the words "Our land" in the third stanza have been substituted for "England".

Protestant adaptations

Many Protestant churches and hymnals use an adapted version, with a third verse altered to remove Marian references:

Or they may use:

The final line of this verse has also been adapted as: "We all shall then be truly free."

In Korean Protestant churches, the third verse is simply omitted.


Further reading


Category:Catholic music

Category:English Christian hymns

Category:1849 songs

Category:Bing Crosby songs

Category:19th-century hymns

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