Pontifical Anthem

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Something for the weekend.  Pontifical Anthem, sung in Latin, of course.  Written in 1869 by Charles Gounod, who also wrote Ave Maria, for the silver jubilee of Pio Nono.

 

CHOIR

O happy Rome – O noble Rome

You are the seat of Peter, whose blood was shed in Rome,

 Peter, to whom the keys of the kingdom of heaven were given.

 Pontiff, You are the successor of Peter;

 Pontiff, You are the teacher, you confirm your brethren;

 Pontiff, You who are the Servant of the servants of God,

 and fisher of men, are the shepherd of the flock,

 linking heaven and earth.

 Pontiff, You are the vicar of Christ on earth, a rock amidst the waves, You are a beacon in the darkness;

 You are the defender of peace, You are the guardian of unity,

watchful defender of liberty; in You is the authority.

SOPRANOS, ALTOS

Pontiff, you are the unshakable rock, and on this rock

was built the Church of God.

TENORS, BASSES

 Pontiff, You are the vicar of Christ on earth, a rock amidst the waves, You are a beacon in the darkness;

 You are the defender of peace, You are the guardian of unity,

 watchful defender of liberty; in You is the authority.

CHOIR

 O happy Rome – O noble Rome

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