This day is going to be sad. Let’s beat the melancholy with a good old sing-along. If you are on a bus or train, at your desk at work, in the smallest room in the house (and I know for a fact this blog assists people during bowel evacuations) – embarrassment be damned, let’s sing together:
Over at Catholicism Pure & Simple Teresa posted a link to the Papal Anthem composed by Gounod, which is also the Vatican’s national anthem. The link she posted to Youtube has the version sung as a (Latin, of course) hymn, with such stirring lyrics as (translated)
Pontiff, you are the unshakable rock, and on this rock
was built the Church of God.
Pontiff, You are the vicar of Christ on earth,
a rock amidst the waves, You are a beacon in the darkness;
You are the defender of peace, You are the guardian of unity,
watchful defender of liberty; in You is the authority.
Here it is…
But the instrumental version, as one might hear at a medal presentation at the Olympics (if only there was Thurible Swinging or some such event), is just as stirring, a fine anthem indeed. Enjoy…
Of course all this papal antheming cannot help but remind us of the glorious hymn, Full in the Panting Heart of Rome:
All of which is a fitting prelude to the news that Semper Fidelis International is asking for Catholics to make an online pledge of fidelity to the Church and its earthly shepherd, Pope Benedict XVI, which they are arranging to coincide with the Solemnity of Sts Peter & Paul next Friday. Do go here and sign your pledge of fidelity. After all, there are so many polls and petitions against the authority of the Church and the Pope; a little gesture in the opposite direction is overdue. What a wonderful, wise and patient pope he is. Yea, and holy…