Scripture Verse

Let the saints be joyful in glory. Psalm 149:5

Introduction

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Ralph Vaughan Williams
1872–1958

Words: J. Ath­el­stan Ri­ley, in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 239.

Music: Sus­sex, Eng­lish tune, adapt­ed by Ralph Vaugh­an Will­iams in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 239 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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J. Athelstan Riley
1858–1945

Lyrics

Saints of God! Lo, Je­su’s people
Age to age your glo­ry tell;
In His name for us ye labored,
Now in bless eter­nal dwell.

Twelve poor men, by Christ anointed,
Braved the rich, the wise, the great,
All the world counts dear rejecting,
Rapt in their apostolate.

Thus the earth their death-wounds purchased,
Hallowed by the blood therefrom,
On her bosom bore the nations,
Laved, illumined—Christendom.

On this feast, al­migh­ty Fa­ther,
May we praise Thee with the Son,
Evermore His love confessing,
Who from Both with Both is One.