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Q: National Anthem ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: National Anthem
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: dprk007-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 28 Jun 2006 18:04 PDT
Expires: 28 Jul 2006 18:04 PDT
Question ID: 741901
What is the National Anthem of ther Vatican State?
What are the words (in English) and who wrote the music and lyrics?
Subject: Re: National Anthem
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 28 Jun 2006 19:03 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
The national anthem of the Vatican, "Inno e Marcia Pontificale," as
generally performed today, uses Latin lyrics written by Raffaello
Lavagna. There are also Italian lyrics by Antonio Allegra, but the
Latin version is more common. The music was written by Charles Gounod,
who is probably best known as the composer of an immensely popular
opera, "Faust."

"Hymn and Pontifical March (Inno e Marcia Pontificale) is the national
anthem of the Vatican City. The Italian language lyrics were written
by Antonio Allegra (1905-1969) and the music was composed by Charles
Gounod (1818-1893).

It was formally adopted by a decree of Pope Pius XII, to mark the 1950
Holy Year (or Jubilee). It was performed for the first time in this
capacity on 24 December 1949... Up until 1950, an anthem composed by
Vittorino Hallmayr in 1857 had been used as the Vatican's anthem."

Wikipedia: Inno e Marcia Pontificale

"Vatican City
'Inno e Marcia Pontificale' (Hymn and Pontifical March)

Words by: Raffaello Lavagna
Music by: Charles-François Gounod
Adopted: 1950

...Originally, the anthem had Italian lyrics in addition to the Latin
ones, but nowadays only the Latin words are sung."

National Anthems: Vatican City

"Inno e Marcia Pontificale...
 Latin Words

O felix Roma - O Roma nobilis.
Sedes es Petri, qui Romae effudit sanguinem,
Petri, cui claves datae sunt regni caelorum.
Pontifex, Tu successor es Petri;
Pontifex, Tu magister es tuos confirmas fratres;
Pontifex, Tu qui Servus servorum Dei,
hominumque piscator, pastor es gregis,
ligans caelum et terram.
Pontifex, Tu Christi es vicarius super terram,
rupes inter fluctus, Tu es pharus in tenebris;
Tu pacis es vindex, Tu es unitatis custos,
vigil libertatis defensor; in Te potestas.
Tu Pontifex, firma es petra, et super petram
hanc aedificata est Ecclesia Dei.
O felix Roma - O Roma nobilis."

Wikipedia: Inno e Marcia Pontificale

"Hymn and Pontifical March 
 English Translation of Latin Words

O happy Rome - O noble Rome
You are the seat of Peter, whose blood was shed in Rome,
Peter, to whom the keys of the kingdom of heaven were given.
Pontiff, You are the successor of Peter;
Pontiff, You are the teacher, you confirm your brethren;
Pontiff, You who are the Servant of the servants of God,
and fisher of men, are the shepherd of the flock,
linking heaven and earth.
Pontiff, You are the vicar of Christ on earth,
a harbor amidst the waves, You are a beacon in the darkness;
You are the defender of peace, You are the guardian of unity,
watchful defender of liberty; in You is the authority.
You Pontiff, you are the unshakable rock, and on this rock
was built the Church of God.
O happy Rome - O noble Rome."

Wikipedia: Inno e Marcia Pontificale

Here is the music, in midi file format:

National Anthems: Vatican City

Three versions of the music are available for download here (in
RealAudio, Windows Media, and MP3 formats). This site also has Italian
lyrics (which, as mentioned above, are not generally used today):

National Anthems: Vatican (Holy See)

My Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: "vatican city OR state" anthem

Google Web Search: "inno e marcia pontificale"

I hope this is precisely what you need. If anything is unclear or
incomplete, please request clarification; I'll gladly offer further
assistance before you rate my answer.

Best regards,
dprk007-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
many thanks dear Pink
As usual you have more than exceeded my expectations.


PS  Would you like to tackle question number 741907 :-)

Subject: Re: National Anthem
From: pinkfreud-ga on 29 Jun 2006 16:34 PDT
Many thanks for the five stars and the nice tip! I took a look at your
other question with some interest, but it's outside my areas of
expertise, and I'm clueless.


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