This afternoon Una Voce Columbus sent an email to members of the Latin Mass community at Holy Family Catholic Church regarding this Sunday’s Mass. We were informed that the closing hymn would be Long Live the Pope and that we would sing all four verses (particularly because the final verse includes a prayer for our Holy Father). I am, of course, incredibly curious and since I was unfamiliar with this hymn, decided to look it up before Sunday. It is a lovely tribute to the papacy, and a very timely tribute to our dear Pope Benedict XVI. Here is the hymn in its entirety:

Long Live The Pope
A Hymn for the Pope

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!

photo credit: Benedict In America

h/t: Matilda