#82 – For All the Saints


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For All the Saints is a hymn that is commonly sung in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, found in the LDS hymnal as hymn #82. It is a hymn that honors and remembers the many saints, both past and present, who have lived their lives in a way that brings honor and glory to God.

The hymn was written by William Walsham How, an Anglican bishop, in the nineteenth century. It has been translated into many languages and is sung by people around the world. The lyrics of the hymn express gratitude and praise for the many saints who have gone before us and who have set an example for us to follow.

The first verse of the hymn begins with the line “For all the saints, who from their labors rest.” This verse acknowledges the many believers who have passed on from this life and who are now at rest with God. It speaks of the hard work and sacrifice that these saints made during their earthly lives and how they are now enjoying the reward of their labor.

The second verse of the hymn speaks of the enduring legacy of the saints. It tells us that their faith and example continue to inspire and guide us, even though they are no longer with us in the physical sense. The verse also reminds us that the saints are not just a distant memory, but that they are a present reality in our lives through the influence they have had on us and through the power of their prayers.

The third verse of the hymn focuses on the hope that we have because of the saints. It speaks of the joy and peace that we can have in this life because of their witness and the example they have set for us. The verse also reminds us that, because of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we can have the hope of being reunited with our loved ones who have passed on.

The final verse of the hymn is a prayer for continued strength and guidance as we follow in the footsteps of the saints. It asks for God’s grace and mercy to be with us always and for His love to fill our hearts.

For All the Saints is a beautiful hymn that honors and remembers the many believers who have gone before us. It is a reminder of the enduring legacy of the saints and a call to follow their example. Whether we are singing it in church or simply reflecting on its words, this hymn can bring us closer to God and help us to feel His presence in our lives.