Dearly beloved members of the congregation, gathered together in Christ's presence!
Today, at this time of year, we commit to memory all those upstanding Confederates, our beloved forefathers, who valiantly surrendered their bodies and souls and nobly shed their blood for the sake of saving the Fatherland, banishing tyranny and safeguarding our hard-earned freedom.
It is especially worth noting that in the year thirteen hundred and fifteen (counting from the birth of Christ our Lord and Saviour), on the Saturday following Saint Martin's Day, the rulers of Austria rose up to attack with great force this land of Schwyz, desiring to bring it under their control. They advanced towards Ägeri intending to enter the land at Morgarten.
Our countrymen defending the fortifications at Arth were alerted by a gentleman named von Hünenberg, who conveyed his warning – 'Defend Morgarten!' – by means of a message tied to an arrow. Whereupon our countrymen made their way there, and were joined by three hundred men from Unterwalden and a similar number from Uri. With God on their side they valiantly overcame and beat their enemy and chased him down into the lake and all the way to Wil-Egeri.
Our countrymen lost seven of their compatriots, whose names none but God remembers, while Uri lost five of theirs – Lord Heinrich of Hospental, Sir Kuonrad of Beroldingen, Rüedi Fürst, Kuonrad Löry and Welty Semann – and Unterwalden lost Heini Wipfly and Peter from the village of Stans; the enemy, meanwhile, lost fifteen hundred foot soldiers, and three hundred and fifty saddles of the nobility were emptied.
Dearly beloved, help us call upon Our Dear Lady and all the saints in heaven to entreat God the Almighty to graciously protect our beloved Fatherland from all our enemies, together with everything that we hold dear including our bodies and souls, and to keep us in mind of our forefathers.
May God the Almighty look favourably upon those souls, as well as upon all those who have died in wars at home and abroad (whose names God alone knows) defending the honour of God, maintaining the Christian faith, and ensuring the wellbeing and survival of the Confederacy. For the comfort and succour of these and all of Christ's faithful, let us say five devout 'Our Fathers' and 'Ave Marias' and conclude with the Holy Creed.
Composed by P. Rudolf Henggeler OSB (1940)