Singing through the Year: For All the Saints
This coming Sunday we celebrate All Saints' Day. It officially falls on November 1st, but as is our custom, we celebrate it the following Sunday. All Saints' Day honors saints of the past, and in the hymn "For All the Saints," we praise their example in following Christ.
If you'd like to read more about All Saints' Day as it is celebrated in the Presbyterian Church, check out this short article.
Listen to this youth choir sing a beautiful arrangement of the hymn.
For All the Saints
For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who Thee by faith before the world confessed;
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
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.
O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
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.
But when there breaks a yet more glorious day;
the saints triumphant rise in bright array;
the King of glory passes on His way.
From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
in praise of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Singing through the Year features a hymn related to next Sunday's lectionary readings. Each hymn will be sung at the Presbyterian church where I am the organist.