For All the Saints

For All the Saints stained glass, All Saints Episcopal Church, Jensen Beach, Florida, Stephen B Calvert

One of my all time favorite hymns is “For All the Saints”. Nov 1 is All Saints Day and the first week of November has always been significant for me in honoring this church festival. While there have been more contemporary versions of this hymn created, the original tune still brings tears to my eyes.

The significance for me is that my maternal grandfather died on Nov 2, 2000. While it feels like a lifetime ago, similar to other anniversaries, I find significance in remembering the loss, grieving (even if just for a moment), but also being reminded that grandpa and many other family and friends are celebrating in their heavenly home with our Savior.

It’s hard to be too sad with each passing year, because they are whole again and not experiencing this broken world any longer.

Verse 4:
O blest communion, fellowship divine,
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse 6:
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!

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