For All the Saints

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This hymn has great memories for me. I first learned it while a student at Bob Jones University. We went to a little Anglican Church in Greenville, South Carolina and learned some of the great Anglican hymns. Once I moved to England we sang it every All Saints Day and often for other saints’ celebrations. The words are by the Victorian Anglican bishop W. Walsham How and the tune–Sine Nomine by Vaughan Williams. This version is sung by the choir of Kings’ College Cambridge–where I was chaplain for a few years.

Take time to listen to the whole thing. It is beautifully done, and it is a ‘story hymn’. It tells a story through all eight verses. We sang all eight at  our vigil for All Saints at Our Lady of the Rosary parish last night. There were quite a few moist eyes–a very moving service.

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  • Sonja Maierhauser

    Fr. Longenecker, I love that hymn as well, and the first time I heard it was when a student at Moody Bible Institute. So it seems that we both have a “low church” :) background! And that is one of the many things I like about your writing, that you remember the good and true and helpful in your past as well as the ridiculous and unfounded.

  • Al Bergstrazer

    My favorite stanza;
    “Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine! We feebly stuggle, they in glory shine; Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine. Alleluia! Alleluia!”