Besides the Chesterton hymn in my previous post, we are also singing this hymn this weekend. We're doing Percy Dearmer's 1906 rewrite of the third verse instead of Bunyan's original, which sadly eliminates the mention of hobgoblins but does mention the source of our strength:
Since, Lord, Thou dost defend us with Thy Spirit,
We know we at the end, shall life inherit.
Then fancies flee away! I'll fear not what men say,
I'll labor night and day to be a pilgrim.
And no, there are no patriotic songs sung at our parish this weekend. There were some complaints about this, but Independence Day isn't until Wednesday. It isn't as if Independence Day is a solemnity that gets transferred to Sunday, even if it were appropriate to since "America the Beautiful" at Mass. Our country needs prayer right now, not adulation.