Praise to God for Saints and Martyrs

This hymn, suitable for All Saint's Day, was written by English Anglican-raised, United Reformed Church minister, community health worker and hymn writer Michael Forster (1946-).

With meter 87.87 D, it is set to Beethoven's ODE TO JOY - making it useful for situations where a  hymn about the saints set to a familiar tune is needed.





Downloads

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Examples


Small choir with organ - video on Facebook, not possible to embed



Instrumental version - piano:


Lyrics

They lyrics are copyright. They are available in some in-print hymnals (eg Catholic Hymns Old and New, 2008 edition), and also in this parish posting.

A rough outline is:
Praise to God for saints and martyrs inspiration to us all;... 
How we long to share their story, faithful in response to grace ... 
Saints and martyrs, now in glory ... 
Praise and honour to the Father, adoration to the Son ...

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1 Praise to God for saints and martyrs, inspiration to us all;
In the presence of our Saviour, their example we recall:
Lives of holy contemplation, sacrifice or simple love,
Witnesses to truth and justice, honoured here and crowned above.

2 How we long to share their story, faithful in response to grace,
signs of God’s eternal presence in the realm of time and space.
Now, their pilgrimage completed, cross of Christ their only boast,
They unite their own rejoicing with the great angelic host.

3 Saints and martyrs, now in glory, robed before your Saviour’s face,
let us join your intercession for God’s holy human race.
Let us join with you in singing Mary’s liberation song,
Till a just and free creation sings, with the angelic throng.

4 Praise and honour to the Father, adoration to the Son,
with the all-embracing Spirit wholly Three and holy one.
All the universe, united in complete diversity,
Sings as one your endless praises, ever-bless├Ęd Trinity!

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