Mudcat Café message #411586 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #31602   Message #411586
Posted By: Joe Offer
05-Mar-01 - 08:01 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Hail Glorious St. Patrick
Subject: Lyr Add: HYMN TO SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER and ST. RITA
Hmmm. Now here's a hymn to St. Francis Xavier, another soldier of the Church. Note the multipurpose verse. Apparently, Patrick dealt with heretics and Frank took care of the infidels....
-Joe Offer-


Hymn to Saint Francis Xavier

Oh, Father Saint Francis, we kneel at thy feet,
While blessings and favors we beg and entreat,
That thou from thy bright throne in heaven above
Wouldst look on thy clients with pity and love.
Saint Francis Xavier, Oh pray for us!
Saint Francis Xavier, Oh pray for us!

Oh, Father Saint Francis, thy words were once strong
Against Satan's wiles and an infidel throng.
Not less is thy might where in heaven thou art;
Oh, come to our aid, in our battle take part.
Saint Francis Xavier, Oh pray for us!
Saint Francis Xavier, Oh pray for us!


Never heard that one, either. I belonged to St. Rita's Parish in Racine, Wisconsin. St. Rita's song went like this:

O blessed Saint to who God grants
Power to open his dear heart
From it to pour full streams of grace
Open to us his heart.

CHORUS
Pray, St. Rita, pray for us today
Pray now and always, for us that love thee
Pray in our sorrow, pray in our need
With thee Saint Rita,
We thy clients plead

(gee, I can't believe I still remember it)

In my seminary days, we used to have a great time digging up the tackiest hymns we could find. These three certainly qualify.

-Joe Offer-