"Songs Marianists Used To Sing," edited by Brother Eugene Frank, S.M., page 15.
This hymn is in the "alma mater" anthem style developed in the U.S. by the 1930s. This will strike some "contemporary" musicians as dated, but others will find it "classic." The lyrics are rhymed well, and the vocabulary is not as puerile as much of the music current in use liturgically and devotionally. This is a "soldiers of the Cross" theme in hymnody. The harmonic progressions and melodic passages are characteristic of English-language hymns written in the organ-accompanied march-like style of the early twentieth century. You may hear a variation on Brother Howard Hughes’ 200th Anniversary Anthem of 2011. It has an international aspect and indication of a vigorous Marianist present and future. This is essentially a well-crafted anthem. It is a call to work under the banner of Mary Immaculate and battle against Satan, not like knights of old fighting in foreign lands but right where we are today. (Abstract written by Father Ted Ley, S.M.)
knights, Mary Immaculate, Satan
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Wessling, Paul S.M., "Chaminade Our Captain" (1923). Musical Compositions about the Marianist Charism. 1.