13 July 2009

The Covenant Hymn

One of the hymns we always sing on the Feast of Our Lady of the Atonement is the "Covenant Hymn" written by the great "Apostle of Unity," Fr. Paul of Graymoor.

O God, who makest covenant,
Whose promise thou wilt never break;
Make strong thy servants militant,
With faith and love no pow’r can shake.
Thy Word prevail, when foes assail,
Lest we should fail, lest we should fail.

“Fear not,” saidst thou to Abraham,
“For I will multiply thy seed;
Thy shield and great reward I AM,
Believe and thou art blessed indeed.”
Thine oath recall, when hosts appall,
Lest we should fall, lest we should fall.

The night on which he was betrayed,
Our Lord took bread, gave thanks and brake,
Likewise the cup when he had prayed,
“My Body ‘tis, and Blood, partake.”
This Food supply, nor us deny,
Lest we should die, lest we should die.

What thou hast pledged to pass must come,
Thou shalt repair the breach of old,
The other sheep with those of Rome,
Shall constitute one only Fold.
This pledge recall, when hosts appall,
Lest we should fall, lest we should fall.

All glory, Lord, to thee we pay,
To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
Thy Will let men on earth obey,
That they may join the heav’nly Host.
Thy Word prevail, when foes assail,
Lest we should fail, lest we should fail.

Text: Fr. Paul of Graymoor
Tune: "Melita" by J. B. Dykes