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Sunday 23 May 2021

True sons of Philip

SPN apron

St Philip in his apron was painted during the Holy Father's lifetime. When he could no longer walk the Seven Churches' Pilgrimage himself, his life-size image, painted on wood, would nevertheless accompany the pilgrims so that they could keep Philip in mind.

Today's hymn was originally composed by Fr Patrick Bushell of the London Oratory as an acrostic, with the first letter of each line of the verses spelling out 'THE LITTLE ORATORY IN LONDON' and of the chorus, 'SPN'. Our own resident poet (Fr Richard) has altered the words so as to be suitable for our own situation, and the first letter of each line now spells, 'THE LITTLE ORATORY EBORACUM'.

Read the novena prayers here: SPN Novena

Sing the hymn below:

THE LITTLE ORATORY EBORACUM

True sons of Philip raise

Heav’nward your strain of praise,

Ever rejoicing in God as he taught;

Learn from St Philip still

In body, mind and will

Truly our Lord to serve, counting self as naught.

 

Songs therefore let us bring,

Praises to Jesus sing,

Now and for ever our Lord and our God (2)

 

Trust in St Philip’s prayers,

Let him relieve our cares,

Ease for us gain in temptation and stress.

Once we his aid invoke

Riven is Satan’s yoke

And we are stronger our Saviour to bless.

 

Songs therefore let us bring,

Praises to Jesus sing,

Now and for ever our Lord and our God (2)

 

Turn as St Philip bade

Often to Mary’s aid

Refuge and help she refuses to none;

Years have not dimmed her power

Ever to plead for our

Blessing - she wins by her prayer with her Son!

 

Songs therefore let us bring,

Praises to Jesus sing,

Now and for ever our Lord and our God (2)

 

Often in former days

Raising up hymns of praise

Always our city for Faith knew renown.

Come now St Philip cheer

Us - may your joy shine here

Make us your saints! Make us winners of the crown!