Freedom of Religion
Traditionally, days begin—not at midnight, but—when the sun sets on the previous day. The eve of the day precedes the light of the day—the tradition still followed in Judaism. The Christian holiday, All Saints’ Day, honors all the saints of God. So, carve your pumpkins and enjoy the following Anglican children’s hymn:
I Sing a Song of the Saints of God.
I SING a song of the saints of God,
Patient and brave and true,
Who toiled and fought and lived and died
For the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor,
And one was a queen,
And one was a shepherdess on the green:
They were all of them saints of God—and I mean,
God helping, to be one too.
They loved their Lord so dear, so dear,
And his love made them strong;
And they followed the right, for Jesus’ sake,
The whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier,
And one was a priest,
And one was slain by a fierce wild beast:
And there’s not any reason—no, not the least,
Why I shouldn’t be one too.
They lived not only in ages past,
There are hundreds of thousands still,
The world is bright with the joyous saints
Who love to do Jesus’ will.
You can meet them in school,
Or in lanes, or at sea,
In church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea,
For the saints of God are just folk like me,
And I mean to be one too.
—Words: Lesbia Scott.
—Music: John H. Hopkins, “Grand Isle.”
I Sing a Song of the Saints of God, Rachel.
Rachel singing “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God” on All Saints Day, November 1, 2009. Rachel is 11 years old.
A tip o’ the hat to Mommy Life.