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Sunday 16 May 2021

On northern coasts


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Here is the text of the novena: SPN Novena

The hymn before the novena is On Northern coasts by our Cardinal, Saint John Henry Newman.  Here are the words; join in at home!

1.On northern coasts our lot is cast,

Where faithful hearts are few;

Still are we Philip’s children dear,

And Peter’s soldiers true.

2. Founder and Sire! to mighty Rome,

Beneath St Peter’s shade,

Thy early vow of loyal love

And ministry was paid.

3. The ample porch and portal high

Of Peter was thy home;

The world’s Apostle he, and thou

Apostle of his Rome.

4. And first in the old Catacombs,

In galleries long and deep,

Where martyr Popes had ruled their flock,

And slept their glorious sleep.

5. There in the night the youthful Saint

To heaven his prayers addressed,

Till a new Pentecost came down,

And burned within his breast.

6. And in that heart-consuming love

He walked the city wide;

And lured the noble and the young

From Babel’s pomp and pride.

7. And gathering them within his cell,

Unveiled the lustre bright

And beauty of his inner soul,

And won them by the sight.

8. And when he died, he did but go

In other lands to dwell,

A traveller now, who in his life

Ne’er left that one dear cell.

9. He travelled and he travelled on,

 He crossed the swelling sea,

He sought our island’s very heart,

And here at length is he.

10. Glory to God, who framed a Saint

So beautiful and sweet:

Who brought him from St Peter’s side,

And placed us at his feet.