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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

July 1st: Our Country, Our Anthem, Our History


Photo by Ian Muttoo

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Official Lyrics of O Canada!

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons 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.

The History of the National Anthem

"O Canada" was proclaimed Canada's national anthem on July 1, 1980, 100 years after it was first sung on June 24, 1880. The music was composed by Calixa Lavallée, a well-known composer; French lyrics to accompany the music were written by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The song gained steadily in popularity. Many English versions have appeared over the years. The version on which the official English lyrics are based was written in 1908 by Mr. Justice Robert Stanley Weir. The official English version includes changes recommended in 1968 by a Special Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Commons. The French lyrics remain unaltered.

Pictures and Links

  • See Canada’s Natural Resources Lanscape Photo’s HERE
  • Visit Parliament of Canada Photo Gallery HERE
  • Visit Cultural Images Canada, railroad photos and more HERE
  • Government of Canada Website is HERE. All the above information is taken from there.

Lord, I am so thankful for the blessings that you have bestowed on our country. Help us to recognize that all that we have is from you. Please give our leaders wisdom and help us to stand for what is right!


  1. I am so grateful I found your post today! I am Canadian but living in the US. Most people here seem to only know Canada as Toronto, Vanouver, or really cold! LOL Thanks for reminding me that even though I am not living there I will always be proud to be Canadian!

  2. Amen!

    Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
    Hold our Dominion in thy loving care;
    Help us to find, O God, in thee
    A lasting, rich reward,
    As waiting for the better Day,
    We ever stand on guard!

  3. Are you in anyway related to Phil or Rita VanderPloeg from Indiana? I ask because my good friend and ex boyfriend name is Brandon Vander Ploeg.


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