518. 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.

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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.

St. Mark, Evangelist:

15 For Mark, O Lord, we praise You,
The weak by grace made strong,
Whose labors and whose Gospel
Enrich our triumph song.
May we, in all our weakness,
Reflect Your servant life
And follow in Your footsteps,
Enduring cross and strife.

St. Philip and St. James, Apostles:

16 We praise You, Lord, for Philip,
Blest guide to Greek and Jew,
And for young James the faithful,
Who heard and followed You.
O grant us grace to know You,
The way, the truth, the life,
To wrestle with temptation,
To triumph in the strife.

St. Barnabas, Apostle:

17 For Barnabas we praise You,
Who kept Your law of love
And, leaving earthly treasures,
Sought riches from above.
O Christ, our Lord and Savior,
Let gifts of grace descend,
That Your true consolation
May through the world extend.

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist:

18 We praise You for the Baptist,
Forerunner of the Word,
Our true Elijah making
A highway for the Lord.
The last and greatest prophet,
He saw the dawning ray
Of light that grows in splendor
Until the perfect day.

St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles:

19 We praise You for Saint Peter;
We praise You for Saint Paul;
They taught both Jew and Gentile
That Christ is all in all.
To cross and sword they yielded
And saw Your kingdom come;
O God, these two apostles
Reached life through martyrdom.

St. Mary Magdalene:

20 All praise for Mary Magdalene,
Whose wholeness was restored
By You, her faithful master,
Her Savior and her Lord.
On Easter morning early
A word from You sufficed;
For she was first to see You,
Her Lord, the risen Christ.

St. James the Elder, Apostle:

21 O Lord, for James we praise You,
Who fell to Herod's sword;
He drank the cup of suff'ring
And thus fulfilled Your word.
Lord, curb our vain impatience
For glory and for fame,
Equip us for such suff'rings
As glorify Your name.

St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord:

22 We sing with joy of Mary,
Whose heart with awe was stirred
When, youthful and astonished,
She heard the angel's word.
Yet she her voice upraises
To magnify God's name,
As once for our salvation
Your mother she became.

St. Bartholomew, Apostle:

23 All praise for him whose candor
Through all his doubt You saw
When Philip at the fig tree
Disclosed You in the law.
Discern, beneath our surface,
O Lord, what we can be,
That by Your truth made guileless,
Your glory we may see.

The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist:

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St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist:

25 Praise, Lord, for him whose Gospel
Your human life declared,
Who, worldly gain forsaking,
Your path of suff'ring shared.
From all unrighteous mammon,
O raise our eyes anew
That we in our vocation
May rise and follow You.

St. Luke, Evangelist:

26 For that belov'd physician
All praise, whose Gospel shows
The Healer of the nations,
The one who shares our woes.
Your wine and oil, O Savior,
Upon our spirits pour,
And with true balm of Gilead
Anoint us evermore.

St. James of Jerusalem:

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St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles:

28 Praise, Lord, for Your apostles,
Saint Simon and Saint Jude,
One love, one hope impelled them
To tread the way, renewed.
May we with zeal as earnest
The faith of Christ maintain,
Be bound in love together,
And life eternal gain.

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
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 Triumphnt
Copyright: St. 11 © 1993 Harlyn J. Kuschel; Sts. 14, 24, 27 © 2006 Gregory J. Wismar
Notes: Continued from #517
Tune Information
Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: d minor
Source: English

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