we go onward with you, Francis!

6 May


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 The official anthem for the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land, May 24-26

– “In the footsteps of Francis” –

was produced by a group of Holy Land musicians.


The lyrics were written by Rabab Zaitoun

and the music was composed by Luai Zaher and Rabab Zaitoun.


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Refrain: With you we go onward as witnesses to Christ

Spreading the light of the Word following Francis


1. With you we go like Mary with the light of the Nativity

We keep the covenant that we gained in the water of baptism

And the Cross of our Redeemer, his strength, protects us

We carry it onward, good news for the enslaved.


2. With you we seek the face of the Redeemer in every human being

We plant love that blossoms into joy, we witness to faith

And the Church of our Redeemer invigorates us with her sacraments

We are nourished by them and we go onward immersed in faith.


3. With you we vest the cloak of mercy among all creatures

We become apostles of peace among the nations of the earth

The Gospel of our Redeemer, its light guides us

We live by it and go onward calling for harmony.


4. With you we raise our prayer from the land of holiness

We pray for the East in pain, lost on its way

The love of our Redeemer preserves us and enriches us

We clothe ourselves in it and go onward on the path of deliverance. 


5. With you we sing the resurrection and proclaim life

Bearing witness to Peter meeting his brother one again

Jesus our Redeemer commands us to unity

So we listen and go onward towards, our goal to gratify him.


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