The Fourth of July is a good time for some stirring patriotic songs.
But more than stirring emotions, such songs reflect the religious roots of our country.
America, America the Beautiful, God Bless America and others are often sung as the recessional after Mass on patriotic holidays like Independence Day.
The first to come along was America. It was sung for the first time on July 4, 1832.
Also known as My Country ’Tis of Thee, this hymn was penned by Samuel Francis Smith in Massachusetts in 1831. While studying to be a Baptist minister, he wrote all five stanzas in just 30 minutes.
Smith set the song to a melody he enjoyed — the music for the...READ MORE