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Posted:  03 Sep 2005 02:19
I love this hymn.  Very popular in 70's and 80's in Catholic guitar Masses.  Still shows up in Memorial services and masses.  I would be so grateful if someone could send me the words.

Thank you.
Posted:  03 Sep 2005 04:00
Hi Josie,

I think this is it:

You shall cross the barren desert,
but you shall not die of thirst. 
You shall wander far in safety
though you do not know the way. 
You shall speak your words in foreign lands
and all will understand. 
You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid.
I go before you always.
Come follow me,
and I will give you rest.

If you pass through raging waters
in the sea, you shall not drown.
If you walk amid the burning flames,
you shall not be harmed. 
If you stand before the pow'r of hell
and death is at your side,
know that I am with you through it all.

Blessed are your poor,
for the kingdom shall be theirs.
Blest are you that weep and mourn,
for one day you shall laugh.
And if wicked men insult and hate you all because of Me,
blessed, blessed are you!

Hope this is it.

Posted:  03 Sep 2005 12:40
Thank you!  Thank you SO much!

Bless you!
Posted:  28 Mar 2006 14:26
I too absolutely love this hymn. I remember hearing it at a mass i nthe USA but have had difficulty locating it in England.  I am trying to locate sheet music for the hym - Be Not Afraid.
I hope someone can help.

Posted:  03 Apr 2006 15:55
For Leemarco28.

http://www.ocp.org/en/metasearch.php?query_st ...
Posted:  18 Oct 2006 05:54
When lost or afraid, these words shall carry you to eternal peace.  The Father is letting you know that no matter what troubles you face, you shall NEVER be alone.  This hymn is the light that shall shine through the shadow of lies.
Posted:  02 Dec 2006 21:03
this is the best song
    i always hear it in mass
Posted:  29 Jan 2007 07:13   Last Edited By: steveliu
This message was posted by mbudge16 in a separate thread

I found sheet music for, "Be Not Afraid" words and music by Bob Dufford, SJ. if you have not already fout it.

Hope Publishing Company, code no. 461, arrangement by Jack Schrader. for solo medium voice

There is an SATB also Code no. A 683, arrangement by Douglas E. Wagner. SATB
Posted:  29 Jan 2007 07:14   Last Edited By: steveliu
Note that sheet music for "Be Not Afraid" is also available for download from MusicNotes.Com

Be Not Afraid Sheet Music

Posted:  12 Feb 2007 00:27
hi i love that song too
Posted:  12 Feb 2007 04:12
I am trying to get the skit to The Old Ship Of Zion for the youth department at my church.
I seen it maybe three times and I really enjoyed it and I know that the whole church will
enjoy it . Please someone send it to me
Posted:  14 Jan 2008 07:28
Thank you very much for the lyrics everyone and also just like to ask whether you have the lyrics for the hymn: We are made for service.......would really appreciate your help..........God Bless
Posted:  16 Feb 2008 04:45
We sing this at our masses alll the time, its a beautiful hymn.

God Bless
Posted:  23 Mar 2008 01:24
I don't think there has ever been a time that I have not cried during this hymn at mass.  No matter where I am in life, this hymn reminds me the He is guiding me to a better place.

God Bless
Posted:  25 Mar 2008 06:32
Thank you for posting this song...It has blessed me more than you know.
Posted:  13 Apr 2008 21:00
I love that song. We supposed to have that song this morning,but the chior people did not show up this morning.
God Bless.
Posted:  04 May 2008 16:03
We listened to this today in church...I adore this song! The words are so powerful...filled with meaning Thank you!
Posted:  25 May 2008 09:04
isnt this son great and it is so touching
Posted:  30 May 2008 20:44
When I was a child attending church with my parents, my mother, who died two years ago, used to sing this along with the choir.  She had the most beautiful singing voice and I loved listening to her.  Now when I hear it as an adult as mass it most definitely brings a tear to my eye.  I only wish my church would sing it more often.
Posted:  09 Jun 2008 22:07
Posted:  17 Jul 2008 17:24
I love the message of the song, that JESUS is always on our side whatever life's situation we have. I wish our non catholic brothers will hear this and they may realized we are much Christ and bible centered like them. RTF of  Las Pinas
Posted:  16 Mar 2009 18:30
I have just cried and felt so uplifted after hearing Daniel O'Donnell sing this hymn.
Thank you so much for the words.
Posted:  27 Mar 2009 21:58
Very uplifting indeed!   Love it!

God Bless!
Posted:  23 Mar 2010 20:08
I am a Southern Baptist minister,and attended a Mass with my mom a year or so back.I snickered at her discomfot at being in a Catholic church-but when they sang this hymn I fell quiet and reverent.I had never heard the song before,yet I knew it like a mother.
I looked and saw that it was based on Isaiah 43-my mom from this to me when I was a little boy(the first Scripture I ever heard).
Please email me a copy of these lyrics?!
Posted:  21 Apr 2010 22:36
thanks that's perfect i need it for my school choir.
Posted:  18 May 2010 21:11
Do someone have the skit to the the play. The old ship of Zion
Posted:  09 Nov 2010 10:30
As i was reading thru all my sons assessment reports for his IEP i felt this sadness and started to cry... i remember praying to God our Lord to continue guiding me with my son... after reading all the reports this song came into my head.  i couldnt remeber all the words but one thing i keep singing was "be not afraid"... God spoke to me! amazing! i love him!
Posted:  23 Dec 2010 22:24
In response to 11/9/10 post - same thing happened to me this afternoon. The "be not afraid" lyrics started to flood through my head and sadness was immediately emersed on me and I started to cry. Beautiful, beautiful song
Posted:  24 Dec 2010 06:55

Rocked by waves and howling winds
And the storm that threatened them
The disciples sailed a boat on Galilee
They were tired and full of fright
They had fought the storm all night
Then the master came walking on the sea

Be not afraid for it is I, in the fourth watch of the night
You fought and prayed, but I am here and it's alright
The storm will rage, the winds will blow
But they are under my control
It won't be long 'til morning breaks
Be not afraid

Hope seems gone, the day is done
And the night is pressing on
The Doctor said that they've done all that they can do
Around the clock the family prays
But help's already on the way
Without a doubt, another doctor's in the room

Be not afraid for it is I, in the fourth watch of the night
You fought and prayed, but I am here and it's alright 
The storm will rage, the winds will blow
But they are under my control
It won't be long 'til morning breaks
Be not afraid

Be not afraid for it is I, in the fourth watch of the night
You fought and prayed, but I am here and it's alright
The storm will rage, the winds will blow
But they are under my control
It won't be long 'til morning breaks
Be not afraid
The storm will rage, the winds will blow
But they are under my control
It won't be long 'til morning breaks
Be not afraid
Be not afraid
Posted:  28 Dec 2010 16:16
This was composed in 1975 by a Jesuit priest, Bob Dufford, who currently lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

I found a Latin mass with this same title when I was researching St. Stephen, who yesterday in many places & times was celebrated on the 26th.  I'd appreciate any info about how it might be related.

Isaiah 43

1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
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