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Collects, Epistles, and Gospels
for Holy Days

All Saints' Day.
[November 1.]

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The Collect.

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ This Collect is to be said daily throughout the Octave.

For the Epistle. Revelation vii. 2.

AND I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four living creatures, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

The Gospel. St. Matthew v. 1.

JESUS seeing the multitudes, went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: and he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their's is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for their's is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.


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For thy dear saints, O Lord - St. George 124
Hark! The sound of holy voices - Moultrie 125
For all the saints - Sine Nomine 126
For all the saints - Sarum 126
Who are these like stars appearing - All Saints 130
The eternal gifts of Christ the King - Aeterna Christi Munera 132
The eternal gifts of Christ the King - Guidetti 132
Praise to God, immortal praise - Dix 140
Father we thank thee - Rendez a Dieu 195
Rejoice, the Lord is King - Jubilate 350
Rejoice, the Lord is King - Resurrection 350
Faith of our fathers! living still - St. Catherine 393
Let saints on earth in concert sing - Dundee 397
Lo what a cloud of witnesses - St. Flavian 569
Rejoice, ye pure in heart - Carlisle 579
Rejoice, ye pure in heart - Marion 579
Jerusalem. my happy home - Land of Rest 585
Jerusalem. my happy home - Diana 585
O what their joy and their glory must be - O Quanta Qualia 589
Ten thousand times ten thousand - Alford 590
O heavenly Jerusalem (office hymn) - Christ is my life 592
O heavenly Jerusalem (office hymn) - All Hallows 592
Ye watchers and ye holy ones - Vigeles et Sancti 599
Ye holy angels bright - Darwall 600