reverence to saints canonized and those unknown or known in our own lives and their contributions and sacrifices.
It’s an opportunity for us to give thanks for all those who have gone before us in faith, those famous or obscure, including our loved ones who have passed and who are now part of the ‘communion of saints’ who have gone before us.
One of my favorite hymns is “For All the Saints” written by William Walsham How, an Anglican Bishop living in the latter part of the 1800s. The text of the hymn was published in 1864 and the music most of us are likely familiar with was thought to be added around 1906.
Singing this hymn brings back memories of my beloved grandmother, Ruth Erickson Haas. We sang it at her funeral. Tears in my eyes, I could remember nothing but the love I had for that amazing woman and the saint she was in my life.
For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. Alleluia!
In His Name, Janet
Our staff is voluntold each week and with grace they share their thoughts.