For All the Saints | All Saints Day Hymn of the Week

We’re celebrating All Saints Day in our #hymnoftheweek this week!

Who were the saints in your life, the people who inspired you with their faith and love, who are now gone? What about them was so inspiring? What aspects of their character and trust in God do you want to copy?

Take some time this week to sing this hymn and reflect on those who have gone before you, both in the Bible (look at Hebrews 11!) and in your life. Thank God for their example, and ask for his help to have the same kind of faith.

A quote from the hymn "For All the Saints" reads "Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; thou in the darkness dread their one true light. Alleluia! Alleluia!"

Lyrics

Verse 1
For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse 2
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!

Verse 3
Oh, may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old
and win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse 4
Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse 5
And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again and arms are strong.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse 6
The golden evening brightens in the west;
soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse 7
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!

Verse 8
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,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1
Text: William Walsham How (1864)
Music: SINE NOMINE, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 10.10.10.4 with alleluias
Copyright: Public Domain


Videos

Fernando Ortega Video


Lyric Video


Indelible Grace Video

Here’s a retuned version of the hymn!


additional resources

Hymnary

Hymnary has lots of helpful information on hymns, including scans of hymnal pages, and text comparisons.

Hymnology Archive

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