Patronal of Canadian Anglican Use Catholics

Today is the Feast of St John the Baptist. St Jean Baptiste au basilique de Sainte Anne de Beaupré à QuébecThe Baptist is well-known as the patron saint of French Canada, and la Saint-Jean or la Saint-Jean-Baptiste, as today is known, is the major cultural holiday of French Canadians across the Dominion, and in Quebec it is also known as la Fête nationale.

To mark the occasion, fellow contributor to this blog Charles Coulombe (who is himself of French Canadian heritage) has posted elsewhere online the fourth verse of the original French version of O Canada, saying that “Because Canada was discovered by John Cabot on June 24, 1497, St John the Baptist is also the patron of… Anglo-Canadians….” And so he was adopted as patron for the Anglican ordinariate community in Canada as well, and the Deanery thus marks our national patronal on this day.

Amour sacré du trône et de l’autel,
Remplis nos cœurs de ton souffle immortel !
Parmi les races étrangères,
Notre guide est la loi :
Sachons être un peuple de frères,
Sous le joug de la foi.
Et répétons, comme nos pères,
Le cri vainqueur : « Pour le Christ et le roi ! »
Le cri vainqueur : « Pour le Christ et le roi ! »

Bonne St-Jean à tous!

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