The church I worshipped with today began their service singing For All The Saints.
They were remembering those Christians who have left this life, and recalling their examples of faith.
It’s a good time to remember those friends who have died during this past year and their fellowship and love.
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.
From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
This video provides a bit of bit of background to the William Walsham How’s words and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ tune SINE NOMINE.