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Ceremonial Odes and Hymn


Opening Ode

(to the tune of "O Christmas Tree")

Sing ye his praises loud and long,
And let the unenlightened know,
In every echo of your song,
The great deeds done, tho’ long ago

By Columbus of the valiant soul,
Who first old Neptune has controlled,
Despite of envy, intrigue, gold,
In the dim past of long ago

  With vessels three o’er stormy sea,
He thrilled the world of long ago,
While wisdom linked with destiny,
In justice scales its weight did throw.

We are his heirs; we wear his name;
We boast his deeds; we spread his fame.
Our Order is the shining flame,
That lights the gloom of long ago.


Closing Ode

(to the tune of "My Country 'Tis of

Now our evening’s work is done,
Then let us every one,
Join in song.
Long may our Order stand
Foremost in this free land,
Ready with heart and hand
To right each wrong.
  We have a mission great,
True to our Church and State,
Onward we move.
We dry the mourner’s tear,
The tired heart we cheer,
Faith in our works appear,
upheld by Love.


Onward, Christian Soldiers


Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
with the Cross of Jesus,
going on before;
Christ the Royal Master,
leads against the foe,
forward into battle,
see this banner go.

Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
with the Cross of Jesus,
going on before;
  Like a mighty army,
moves the Church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
where the saints have trod;
We are not divided,
all one body we,
one in faith and doctrine,
one in charity.

Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
with the Cross of Jesus,
going on before.


      Knights of Coumbus Prayers


Our Lady Queen of the Knights Prayer

Our Lady, Queen of the Knights, bless all activities of our Order. Keep us true to our pledge to extend the Kingship of your Divine Son on earth. Through your intercession, win for us the grace, ever to exemplify in our public and private lives, the virtues which should characterize those specially dedicated to the service of the heavenly court. Make us always aware, that as your Knights, our actions are constantly observed, our faith measured, and our Order judged. Accept, O Mary, this renewed pledge of fealty and devotion from us, your servants, the Knights of Columbus.


Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou,
O Prince of the Heavenly Host - by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

This prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, originally composed in Latin, was written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886. Between then and 1965, it was recited after every Low Mass at Pope Leo's order.

In recent years, a number of parishes have begun reciting the prayer once more, and many individual Catholics have kept the practice up. Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have urged the faithful to pray it daily, and especially after Mass.


Prayer for the Canonization of
Venerable Servant Father Michael J. McGivney

God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…


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