Sunday, November 01, 2009

Feasting All The Saints

Once again this year we find ourselves in a place where All Saints - Ognissanti - is celebrated in a major way. Last year I wrote about how it was observed during out time in Poland and a bit about the very similar traditions here in Italy.

In the Church of England we had - I use the past tense as I am not longer a member of any parish nor do I attend mass regularly - our own traditions and being C of E that included music for the celebration. The most popular hymn for the procession on the Feast Day was Ralph Vaughan Williams setting of For All The Saints. It is one of my favorite hymns.

This version is sung by the Choir of Paisley Abbey. The Abbey is a kirk within the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) though it appears that many of the hymns they sing are taken from the Church of England hymnal.

01 novembre - Ognissanti

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Anonymous said...

You'll be happy to know that this hymn is in the Catholic Book of Worship in Canada. It's the opening hymn at mass this Sunday at the Ottawa Cathedral.



I much prefer louis armstrongs when the saints come marching in.