Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom

This was the official hymn for the World Meeting of the Families in 2015.  The text uses a number of motifs associated with Philadelphia, the city where the meeting is held, and from the life of the Holy Family.

The words were written by by Roman Catholic priest Fr Andrew Ciferni (b 1942) O.Praem (Norbertine).

With meter 87.87.87, it is set to a tune PHILADELPHIA, composed for the hymn by American musician and composer Normand Gouin (b 1970).



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Examples

The official recording - extended visual version, choir with organ backing


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright, so cannot be reproduced here. They are currently available on this website.

But a rough outline is:
1 Sound the bell of holy freedom; Call all nations ...

2 David branch from root of Jesse, Mary that vine’s ...

3 Blessed Joseph, spouse of Mary, ...

4 Jesus, youth in low’ly Naz’reth, ...

5 At the cross, a grieving mother, ...

6 Sound the bell of holy freedom; ... In the Spirit make us one.

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1 Sound the bell of holy freedom; call all nations of the earth.
Sons and daughters of one Father, sent to spread God’s saving Word.
Come, and gather, as one fam’ly at the table of the Lord.

David branch from root of Jesse, Mary that vine’s flow’ring rose.
She brought forth for us the Savior as the angel did propose;
Overshadowed by the Spirit, by her “yes” new life arose.

Blessed Joseph, spouse of Mary, teacher of your God and Lord,
You did shelter and provide for wondrous child by kings adored.
Open to God’s Word in dreaming saved your child from Herod’s sword.

Jesus, youth in low’ly Naz’reth, faithful son, and loving child,
Guest and host at Cana’s wedding, finest wine you did provide.
You, our rock and you our shelter, keep us ever by your side.

At the cross a grieving mother, on the cross, her only son,
With all mothers and their children, Blessed Mary, you are one.
In our joys, and in our sorrows may we do as you have done.

Sound the bell of holy freedom; call all fam’lies of the world
To be fed by love incarnate; to proclaim God’s holy Word;
Through the love of Christ our brother, in the Spirit make us one.

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