God will conquer death
For all the saints
“For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest,
And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
William Walsham How (1823-1897)
Ephesians 2:19-22 KJV
A hero of the faith
“In 1864 Bishop William How wrote this hymn for All Saints Day. He cited Hebrews 12:1 in his original title, but he drew on all of Hebrews 11 for inspiration. That’s the famous “faith chapter,” which praises the faithful deeds of a score of Old Testament heroes.
The author might be considered a hero of the faith himself. He was a man of the people, regularly reaching out to minister to the poor and needy in his area. Once he listed the characteristics that a minister should have; among them was being “wholly without thought of self.” Those who knew him said that Bishop How was like that, selflessly caring for others.”
From The One Year® Book of Hymns by Mark Norton and Robert Brown (Tyndale) entry for November 1
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