Songs & Hymns

For All the Saints

(General, Praise, Sending out)
The saints in this song are the believers who have died. At the feast of All Saints we remember them and this hymn speaks of how they, alongside Jesus, are part of the heavenly battle of good against evil.

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For all the saints who from their labours rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesu, be forever blest.
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 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.

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet 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 blest.
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.

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.

This arrangement © Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP. From The English Hymnal, used by permission. This song may be photocopied under the terms of the CCLE Music Reproduction Licence. CCLI Song No. 2749938. Please include every item you copy in your annual report, quoting 'Worship Workshop'.

Music produced and mixed by Nic Rowley at Vandborg Studios. Backing tracks arranged, performed and recorded by Nic Rowley, Jane Carr, James Welch and Katie Chatburn.  Recording engineer James Welch at Masterlink Productions. Organist Gillian Lloyd. Recorded on the organ of Guildford United Reformed Church by kind permission of the Elders.

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