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