Let us with joyful voice proclaim
Peace, joy and goodness to our world
For we do sing of Padua’s fame
Its strength and courage now unfurled.
For when you hear good deeds are done
The Gospel’s message ringing clear
You’ll know we Paduans have begun –
Both love and justice now appear.
To fill our world with love and peace
The work that Christ would have us do
It’s Paduans’ sacrament of care
We humbly pledge ourselves to share.
We stand as instruments of peace
And listen to Saint Francis’ call
Forgiveness and hope do now increase
His words made real: “My God, My All”.
© J K Boyd-Boland OFM