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A birthday song for a women religious community

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On Wednesday, the Loretto Community will celebrate its 200th birthday.

Loretto Sr. Ann Patrick Ware wrote a birthday song that strikes the right celebratory tone. You might try it yourself for your own birthday. If you are not a woman, remember that "woman" includes "man."

Birthday Song, words by Loretto Sr. Ann Pat Ware

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Music is Easter song, Ye Sons and Daughters of the Lord
Come celebrate the day and year!
God's loving kindness brought you here.
It's your birthday,
Come-to-earth day.
Take note of hour day and clime.
There's no such thing as neutral time.
It's your birth day. Alleluia.
Come-to-earth day,
Alleluia, alleluia.

That was no ordinary day.
It marked your life so come and say,
Hail my birthday.
Sing-with-mirth day.
I am a woman who reveres
History's march across my years.
Toast my life span!
It's my strife span.
Toast my insight,
Wisdom's bright light.
Alleluia.

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