Sunday, November 1, 2020

All Saints

 O God Beyond All Praising.

November 1st in the Catholic Church is All Saints Day in which we honor all the saints in heaven.  It seems to honor only named saints, but the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven.

O God Beyond All Praising is not a song specific to All Saints Day, but it's one of my favorites. 

The St. Theresa Adult Choir performing "O God Beyond All Praising" is also my favorite rendition, because the choir represents how people can come together in praise of God.

In this choir, which I might add does a splendid job, you see young people, older folks, black, Asian, and white people all singing together. 

From today's lesson:

Apocalypse 7: 9-12

9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying,

"Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!"

11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, 12 singing,

"Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might
be to our God for ever and ever! Amen."

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The enemies of God have been hard at work to divide us according to our age, sex, color, and economic status. Don't let them win.

In just two days, the hounds of hell may (probably will) be unleashed on our country. Donald Trump and all people who stand on the side of goodness and beauty need your prayers. 

Pray as if your life depends on it, because it does.

O God Beyond All Praising
Thaxted (Gustav Holst, 1874-1934; Words by Michael Perry, 1942-1996

O God, beyond all praising, we worship you today
and sing the love amazing that songs cannot repay;
For we can only wonder at every gift you send,
at blessings without number and mercies without end:
We lift our hearts before you and wait upon your word,
We honor and adore you, our great and mighty Lord.

The flower of earthly splendor in time must surely die,
Its fragile bloom surrender to you, the Lord most high;
But hidden from all nature the eternal seed is sown
Though small in mortal stature, to heaven’s garden grown:
For Christ the man from heaven from death has set us free,
And we through him are given the final victory.

Then hear, O gracious Savior, accept the love we bring,
That we who know your favor may serve you as our King;
And whether our tomorrow be filled with good or ill,
We’ll triumph through our sorrows and rise to praise you still:
To marvel at your beauty and glory in your ways,
And make a joyful duty our sacrifice of praise!


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