OH, CANADA!   01.07.19

References:

“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,

And from the River to the ends of the earth” (Ps.72:8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRPGPAnPNa8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34rHfgl8y7U

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Canada

https://globalnews.ca/news/3548770/7-things-you-didnt-know-about-o-canada-the-countrys-national-anthem/

https://reg.gg.ca/heraldry/pub-reg/project.asp?lang=e&ProjectID=1010&ShowAll=1   

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/a-mari-usque-ad-mare

English lyrics

O Canada!

“O Canada, Our home & native land . …. . .”

Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all of us command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

French lyrics

Ô Canada!

Terre de nos aïeux,

Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!

Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,

Il sait porter la croix!

Ton histoire est une épopée

Des plus brillants exploits.

Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,

Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

English translation by the parliamentary

translation bureau

 

O Canada!

Land of our ancestors

Glorious deeds circle your brow

For your arm knows how to wield the sword

Your arm knows how to carry the cross;

Your history is an epic

Of brilliant deeds

And your valour steeped in faith

Will protect our homes and our rights,

Will protect our homes and our rights.

Bilingual version 1[6]

 

O Canada!

Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all of us command.

Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,

Il sait porter la croix!

Ton histoire est une épopée

Des plus brillants exploits.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Bilingual version 2[7]

Ô Canada!

Terre de nos aïeux,

Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!

Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,

Il sait porter la croix!

Ton histoire est une épopée

Des plus brillants exploits.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Canada#Lyrics)

 

For native Canadians such as myself, (3rd generation), I would like to believe that our anthem has very special meaning.

CANADA is my HOME!

Were I to undertake a comprehensive history lesson, this would become an unnecessarily lengthy dissertation. For our purposes here, suffice it to say that Canada was founded on Biblical values by both Catholic/French and Enlgish/Prostestant settlers. Our roots and origins are based on what is known as Christianity, whether the majority today follow these beliefs or not; whether people like it or not, those are our origins. Our founding fathers were some form or another of believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The original version of “O Canada” reflects this heritage well (ref. above quote from wikipedia link) in the following: “Your arm knows how to carry the cross . . .  valour steeped in faith . . . . God keep our land . .. .”  The latter is the one component still alive in the present day version.

When I was in Elementary/Junior High School our school day began with the singing of “O Canada,” a salute to the flag (which at that time was still the British ensign/flag), the declaration of our motto, “A MARI USQUE AD MARE,” (Latin; for history on this ref. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/a-mari-usque-ad-mare), based on Psalm 72:8: “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.” We then sang “God Save The Queen,” and wrapped it up with the Lord’s Prayer. That was all part of being Canadian when I grew up. 

We have since abandoned certain original verses (see above), changed specific wordings, altering recent lyrics, and of course we have also changed our flag (1967). Although we are still very much a part of the “British Commonwealth of Nations,” we no longer identify as a “Dominion;” however, we do model after certain forms of British Government; and, of course, we honour the Queen of England.

Being “Canadian” embodies many such original traditions modelled after the British origins,

Spruce Meadows’ world famous RCMP Musical Ride

while at the same time embracing the French component, represented largely in Eastern Canada, & the fact that we are a bilingual nation. 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Force, one of our guarded institutions which Canadians hold dear, goes back to our earliest beginnings, along with many other emblems, symbols, and practices that have been incorporated into our Canadian ways, besides which we of course have a diversity in land forms and climate that provides us with a land in which one can experience a vast variety of scenic, weather, and a wide range of opportunities that only such varied landforms could contain. 

Much has changed in modern times, and we have become a nation known for our liberal immigration policies, embracing, welcoming a wide range of ethnic groups, cultures, and traditions. Known for our attitude of acceptance and tolerance the world over, our nation is sought out

Maple Syrup, a CANADIAN tradition . . .

by many who experience some form or other of persecution in their own land. We are reputed to be a peaceful, peace-loving, positive welcoming people, perhaps to a fault, even to our own demise, in our overly generous willingness to compromise. Canadians are reputed to be “polite,” “nice” . . . .   Although I am proud to be considered part of a nation that is generous, kind, and giving, I do have concerns that we may have compromised in ways that may have serious repercussions – i.e., giving is good; but giving does not necessitate the sacrificing of who we are, our own traditions, values, beliefs, illustrated by the reality that it is no longer politically correct to consider any Christian bias, terminology, or references that would offend our multicultural configuration. Much of anything to do with God has been abandoned and it is with extreme caution that any national prayer would be condoned.

Before I enter into a discourse that could become very political, I want to encourage those who did not grow up in this country to pursue the links quoted above (as well as any other legitimate sources of Canadian history) to understand more fully the meanings of the original emblems, flags, and anthem.

As a very nationalistic, true-blooded Canadian, I have a love for my country that I cannot even put words to. Probably, the best way for me to depict my relationship with my country, is to join me in prayer . … 

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