St. Paul’s Mission: “Diamond Jubilee Song”

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Background: Composed for the 75th anniversary of St. Paul’s Mission in Balbalasang, Kalinga. The Mission was established by the Episcopal/Anglican Church in the Philippines. Incidentally, the late Fr. Theodore U. Saboy, Augustus Ulat Saboy’s older brother, was the “first Kalinga Anglican priest.” – sms


Come! All you people from all lands,

With your spirits, hearts and hands:

Join in grateful, grand celebration.

“Diamond Jubilee” of St. Paul’s Mission.

Chorus:

So let us sing and shout the Jubilee!

Our Diamond Anniversary.

For this is St. Paul’s Mission Day!

Three score and fifteen years today!

A Macedonian Call echoed from here –

Balbalasang a heathen lair.

Heeded by a Gospel army –

Missionaries from the U.S.A.

Bearing the Cross of Christ they came,

Bishop Mosher leading them:

Father Wolcott, Father Sibley,

Others too with Deaconess Massey.

On the twenty-fifth of January,

Seventy-five years ago today

Balbalasang chose Episcopalian,

As their church – the one and only one.

And now there are no more pagans,

All are Christians and Anglicans:

Praise the Lord for all His mercies,

And for eternal life He promises.

Glory to God, all voices raise,

For the souls saved by His grace:

Through the fruits of evangelization,

And the Gospel work of St. Paul’s Mission.

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