The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
All Saint's Day 1st November
This is a cropped picture of the east window of the church at St Cross, Winchester. I thought it was appropriate for today - November 1st - All Saint's Day.
Taken from the BBC website
:-Remembering saints and martyrs and dedicating a specific day to them each year has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but it wasn't until 609AD that Pope Boniface IV designated May 13th to remember all martyrs. Over 200 years later, in 837AD, Pope Gregory IV extended the festival to remember all the saints and designated November 1st as the date.
It's always quite a joyous day in the church calendar with rousing hymns remembering the good people who have gone before. One of my favourites is "For All the Saints", which begins :-
For all the saints who from their labours rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.
The hymn was written by William Walsham How and first published in 1867. It is usually sung to the tune "Sin Nomine" ("Without Name") written by Ralph Vaughan Williams for the 1906 version of the English Hymnal.
You can hear the tune - here -
Unfortunately the picture hasn't uploaded cleanly, but never mind..
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