517. By All Your Saints in Warfare

1 By all Your saints in warfare,
For all Your saints at rest,
Your holy name, O Jesus,
Forevermore be blest!
For You have won the battle
That they might wear the crown;
And now they shine in glory
Reflected from Your throne.

2 Insert the stanza appropriate to the day.

3 Then let us praise the Father
And worship God the Son
And sing to God the Spirit,
Eternal Three in One,
Till all the ransomed number
Fall down before the throne,
Ascribing pow'r and glory
And praise to God alone.

Saints and Martyrs (general):

4 Apostles, prophets, martyrs,
And all the noble throng
Who wear the spotless raiment
And raise the ceaseless song --
For these, passed on before us,
We offer praises due
And, walking in their footsteps,
Would live our lives for You.

St. Andrew, Apostle:

5 All praise, O Lord, for Andrew,
The first to welcome You,
Whose witness to his brother
Named You Messiah true.
May we, with hearts kept open
to You throughout the year,
Confess to friend and neighbor
Your advent ever near.

St. Thomas, Apostle:

6 All praise, O Lord, for Thomas,
Whose short-lived doubtings prove
Your perfect twofold nature,
The fullness of Your love.
To all who live with questions
A steadfast faith afford;
And grant us grace to know You,
True man, yet God and Lord.

St. Stephen, Martyr:

7 Praise for the first of martyrs
Who saw You ready stand
To help in time of torment,
To plead at God's right hand.
Like You, our suff'ring Savior,
His enemies he blessed,
With "Lord, receive my spirit,"
His faith, by death, confessed.

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist:

8 For Your belov'd disciple
Exiled to Patmos' shore,
And for his faithful record,
We praise You evermore.
Praise for the mystic vision
Through him to us revealed;
May we, in patience waiting,
With Your elect be sealed.

Holy Innocents, Martyrs:

9 All praise for infant martyrs,
Whom Your mysterious love
Called early from their warfare
To share Your home above.
O Rachel, cease your weeping;
Thy rest from earthly cares!
Lord, grant us crowns as brilliant
And faith as sure as theirs.

The Confession of St. Peter:

10 Praise for Your great apostle
So eager and so bold,
Thrice falling, yet repentant,
Thrice charged to feed Your fold.
Lord, make Your pastors faithful
To guard Your flock from harm,
And hold them when they waver
With Your almighty arm.

St. Timothy and St. Titus:

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The Conversion of St. Paul:

12 Praise for the light from heaven
And for the voice of awe;
Praise for the glorious vision
The persecutor saw.
O Lord, for Paul's conversion,
We bless Your name today;
Come shine within our darkness,
And guide us on our way.

St. Matthias, Apostle:

13 For one in place of Judas,
Th' apostles sought God's choice;
The lot fell to Matthias
For whom we now rejoice.
may we like true apostles
Your holy Church defend,
And not betray our calling
But serve You to the end.

St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus:

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Text Information
First Line: By all Your saints in warfare
Title: By All Your Saints in Warfare
Author (sts. 1-10, 12-13, 15-23, 25-26, 28): Horatio Bolton Nelson, 1823-1913 (alt.)
Author (st. 11): Harlyn J. Kuschel, b. 1945
Author (sts. 14, 24, 27): Gregory J. Wismar, b. 1946
Meter: 76 76 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Feasts and Festivals; Church Militant; Church Triumphnt
Copyright: St. 11 © 1993 Harlyn J. Kuschel; Sts. 14, 24, 27 © 2006 Gregory J. Wismar
Notes: Continued in #518
Tune Information
Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Arranger: Paul G. Bunjes, 1914-98
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: d minor
Source: English
Copyright: Setting © 1969 Concordia Publishing House

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