Wednesday, November 01, 2006

All Saints Day Celebration

For All the Saints
For all the saints, who from their labours rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
All are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave, again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

2 comments:

Alice said...

Happy All Saints Day! You have been prolific since my last visit, and I just read and enjoyed all your posts from the past couple of weeks!

I am re-subscribing so I won't miss out again!

The Dover Beachcomber said...

My favorite hymn! I didn't discover it until I was thirty, having been dragooned into a local choir, but what an introduction: in Vaughan Williams' four-part version, with a big pipe organ and trumpet descant. Definitely in heaven's permanent top 40!