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Inspiring hymn (letter)

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 Contents - Oct 2003AD2000 October 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The role of the Catholic in public life - Peter Westmore
After 25 years: the impact of John Paul II's pontificate - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World - AD2000
Ethics: Bishop Fisher and Dr Philip Nitschke in Sydney euthanasia debate - Frank Mobbs
Saints: The Beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Youth: Thomas More Winter School in Sale Diocese has Eucharistic focus - Michael Casanova
Melbourne Archdiocese responds to John Paul II's Year of the Rosary - AD2000 Report
How fatherhood is crucial to children's faith - Fr Robbie Low
Why Catholic teaching on marriage is 'good news' for all humanity - Eamonn Keane
AD2000 readers' generous response to Queensland Lourdes appeal - Jenny Davies and Nicole King
Orthodox US Catholic colleges and universities continue to flourish - Julia Duin
Letters: Original Sin (letter) - Niall Browne
Letters: Individual confession (letter) - John Cassar
Letters: Clerical celibacy (letter) - Gerard Wilson
Letters: New bishops (letter) - Anne Lastman
Letters: Thomas Groome (letter) - Dr Susan Moore
Letters: Education crisis (letter) - Alex Sharah
Letters: New RE program (letter) - Paul Chigwidden
Letters: Inspiring hymn (letter) - Kevin O'Hagan
Letters: Footy Show (letter) - Alan A. Hoysted
Books: I The Lord Am With You Always: Prayers and Meditations for Eucharistic Adoration - Msgr Peter J. Elliott (reviewer)
Liturgical Time Bombs In Vatican II, by Michael Davies - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Crisis In Religious Education, by Eamonn Keane - Damien Tudehope (reviewer)
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Reflection: Why the tabernacle should be centrally located in our churches - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

Thank you for Therese Sellick's letter (August AD2000). "Faith of Our Fathers" is one of the best statements yet for Christian ecumenism and is very catholic (universal). It was written by Frederick Faber (1814-1863) and was in most of the old Protestant hymn books. It was inspiring to hear it sung with gusto in a Protestant church, although it may be seen from a different perspective:

Verse one:

"Faith of our Fathers, living still in spite of dungeon, fire, and sword ...".

Verse two:

"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 ...".

Verses three and four go on to make a plea for Christian unity.

KEVIN O'HAGAN
Wangaratta, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 9 (October 2003), p. 15

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