Celebrating All Saints

November 1, 2012

Our local paper, The Toronto Star, has a nice slideshow of All Saints Day festivities from around the world. Some of these I’d have thought more appropriate for All Souls Day, but apparently not. It is fascinating to see how different cultures have found so many different ways of marking the day.

As for me and my house, we’ve managed little more than a rousing chorus of “For All the Saints” over our breakfast cereal.┬áLet’s hear it again:

(This is the best online version I can find. Happily, it includes some — though not all — of the military stanzas that are usually purged from modern hymnals. There’s a wonderful descant on the final stanza too.)

Happy Feast of All Saints!

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4 Responses to “Celebrating All Saints”

  1. Adam Hincks Says:

    Wow, I want to join in that “big sing”! Nice video.

  2. cburrell Says:

    Yes, me too. It reminds me of those “Sing-Along Messiah” concerts that are held every year around Christmas. I’ve never attended one, but I imagine they would be great fun. Mind, singing Messiah is much more difficult than singing hymns.

  3. Mary K. Jones Says:

    What a delight to hear that triumphant song! I sang it in a choir for the rededication of a church many years ago. I haven’t heard it since.
    Thank you!
    Mary K. Jones

  4. cburrell Says:

    You are most welcome. It is a truly delightful hymn.


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