Mother’s Day Hymn

While Mother’s Day is not a part of the liturgical calendar, it is a widely celebrated holiday in the United States. This year Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 13.

In doing research on specific hymns written for mothers and Mother’s Day, I came across this text written around 1920 by Arthur B. Patten (1864-1952). Patten was a Congregationalist Church minister who served churches in New England and the Pacific coast . I found it an interesting parallel to the familiar hymn text, Faith of Our Fathers, written by Frederick William Faber (184-1863) an English Anglican minister who converted to Catholicism.

Faith of Our Mothers
Faith of our mothers, living yet
In cradle song and bedtime prayer,
In nurs’ry love and fireside love,
thy presence still pervades the air:
Faith of our mothers, living faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our mothers, lavish faith,
The fount of childhood’s trust and grace,
O may thy consecration prove
The well-spring of a nobler race:
Faith of our mothers, lavish faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our mothers, guiding faith,
For youthful longing–youthful doubt,
How blurred our vision, blind our way,
Thy providential care without:
Faith of our mothers, guiding faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our mothers, Christian faith,
In truth beyond our man-made creeds,
Still serve the home and save the church,
And breathe thy spirit through our deeds:
Faith of our mothers, Christian faith,
We will be true to thee till death.