Hail Thee, Festival Day (Convention Version)

We had many requests for the version of Hail Thee, Festival Day that was written especially for the Bishop election by our campus ministry representatives:

REFRAIN
Hail thee festival day!
Blest day of Chicago’s Convention.
Day when our diocese
All comes together in prayer.

ALL TOGETHER
Bring us together on this
Blessed day of new bishop election.
Day to discern and cast votes
Joined in a kingdom of faith.

REFRAIN

ALL TOGETHER
Lo for our eight candidates
To choose from among and between
Gould and Johnson, Koomson and Lee,
Lind, Rose, Safford, Sabune!

CLERGY
Fiftieth Ballot’s been cast!
Who knows when we will be done here.
I’ve still got church in the morning
And my sermon’s not done!

REFRAIN

LAY
Please let us out of this place!
Come on, this isn’t conclave.
Nine days of work we’ve now missed,
Our jobs are sure to be lost…!

EVERYONE OVER FORTY!
Thurible, Mitre and Alb,
Lavabo Bowl a-and the verge:
Can our church be more obscure?
Help us to make clear our faith!

EVERYONE UNDER FORTY!
Ancient traditions live now,
Trust in the spirit to shine forth.
Authentic witness of truth
Will feed a world hungry for God!

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