Today's great hymn:

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(Sung in our parish to the tune "Heinlein")

Forty days and forty nights
Thou wast fasting in the wild;
Forty days and forty nights
Tempted, and yet undefiled.

Sunbeams scorching all the day;
Chilly dew-drops nightly shed;
Prowling beasts about Thy way;
Stones Thy pillow; earth Thy bed.

Should not we Thy sorrow share
And from worldly joys abstain,
Fasting with unceasing prayer,
Strong with Thee to suffer pain?

Then if Satan on us press,
Jesus, Savior, hear our call!
Victor in the wilderness,
Grant we may not faint nor fall!

So shall we have peace divine:
Holier gladness ours shall be;
Round us, too, shall angels shine,
Such as ministered to Thee.

Keep, O keep us, Savior dear,
Ever constant by Thy side;
That with Thee we may appear
At the eternal Eastertide.


and I bet you sang all the verses, too!

Yes, ma'am. At SMV, we sing all the verses, all the time. You can tell who the visitors are--they try to leave before the hymn is over. And they are always looking around, trying to figure out how come no one is following them!

We sang it too. Our "Gather" hymnbook (harumphhh) doesn't have that second verse.

No matter, because our music leader has an awful custom (allegedly in response to a call for shorter Masses by the "faithful") of saying "Please sing verses 1, 3 and 5." Nobody remembers what's next after the first verse and lapses into humming.



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