Monday, 16 April 2007

Happy, Happy Day

Happy 80th Birthday, Holy Father !
Ad Multos Annos


5 comments:

Mac McLernon said...

80 Bottles of Bavarian Beer in zee fridge... can't wait to get home...

Mark said...

YAY!

Commenting on your own blog! tut tut1

Stephen Wikner said...

And from t'other side of the denominational divide, 'have a good one, Fr Joe.'

Andrew said...

Mac, you can leave the Holy Father a personal message at the Vatican website. Here's what I wrote. Scroll down for the link. For those who are Papist to the core, let's give it up with a rousing rendition of 'Long Live the Pope!'

Long Live The Pope
The music can be found here.

Long live the Pope!
His praises sound
Again and yet again:
His rule is over space and time:
His throne the heart of men:
All hail! The Shepherd Pope of Rome,
The theme of loving song:
Let all the earth his glory sing
And heav’n the strain prolong.

Beleaguered by
By the foes of earth,
Beset by hosts of hell,
He guards the loyal flock of Christ,
A watchful sentinel:
And yet, amid the din and strife,
The clash of mace and sword,
He bears alone the Shepherd Staff,
The champion of the Lord.

Then raise the chant,
With heart and voice,
In Church & school & home:
"Long live the Shepherd of the Flock!
Long live the Pope of Rome!"
Almighty Father bless his work,
Protect him in his ways,
Receive his prayer, fulfill his hopes,
And grant him length of days!

Mac McLernon said...

Andrew - already done that... but thanks for the hymn!

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