4th Sunday before Advent/Ordinary Time 31
O God, we give Thee most high praise and hearty thanks
for the wonderful grace and virtue declared in all Thy saints,
who have been the choice vessels of Thy grace,
and lights of the world in their several generations;
most humbly beseeching Thee to give us grace
so to follow the example of their steadfastness,
that we, with all those who are of the mystical body of Thy Son,
may be set on His right hand,
Who reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.
Collect for All Saints Day from The English Liturgy
“For All The Saints”
Words: Bishop William Walsham How; Music: Sine Nomine (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
1. For all the saints, who from their labours rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
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.
3. For the Apostles’ glorious company,
Who bearing forth the Cross o’er land and sea,
Shook all the mighty world, we sing to Thee:
4. For the Evangelists, by whose blest word,
Like fourfold streams, the garden of the Lord,
Is fair and fruitful, be Thy Name adored.
5. For Martyrs, who with rapture kindled eye,
Saw the bright crown descending from the sky,
And seeing, grasped it, Thee we glorify.
6. O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
All are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
7. O 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.
8. 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.
9. The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blessed.
10. But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
11. From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
And singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost:
Wish that I was at St. John’s today for their Community thanksgiving service for the consecration of the Cathedral last Thursday night. It would have been a double cause for celebration with today being All Saints Day as well. And darn it, I wish I was in a more liturgical church (or at the very least a church that did tend to follow the liturgical year to some degree). I miss singing the hymn above.
And in reference to my previous post about the casket…
If you can’t find one of them, a large cardboard box that is used in the storage and transportation of water heaters (say, a Rheem home hot water system) will do just fine as well.