Songs Marianists Used To Sing, edited by Brother Eugene Frank, S.M., page 15.
This hymn is a classic example of the "alma mater" anthem style developed in the United States by 1920. With lyrics well-rhymed and vocabulary virile, it is an excellent example of the self-confident Catholicism emergent in early 20th-century America. This well-crafted hymn by the then very young Brother Paul Wessling, S.M., can be said to presage our outstanding bicentennial anthem recently composed by award-winning Brother Howard Hughes, S.M. In Brother Howard’s anthem, the “Soldiers of Christ” theme is replaced by “Saints for Our Time” — the universal call to holiness — given today’s flourishing Marianist Lay Communities and the now diversified Ministry on the part of us brothers. This historic one by Brother Paul from almost 100 years ago and Brother Howard’s recent composition are part of a "tonal continuum" culminating in Brother Howard's lyrics for our time of development, change and renewal. Both in my opinion exemplify great hymnody for Marianist usage in their given era. (Abstract written by Father Ted Ley, S.M.)
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Wessling, Paul S.M., "Chaminade Our Captain" (1923). Musical Compositions about the Marianist Charism. 1.