As we remember "centurions" who passed before us and witnessed the Faith - a fellow centurion offers this hymn for reflection on the saints. A beautiful hymn and a fitting salute: Click the link to hear the beautiful melody... one that always touched this centurion's heart over the years. http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/f/a/fallthes.htm
For all the saints, who from their labors rest, Who Thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might; Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight; Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light. O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold, Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, And win with them the victors crown of gold. And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, Steals on the ear the distant triumph song, And hearts are brave, again, and arms are strong. Alleluia, Alleluia!
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/f/a/fallthes.htm William Walsham How 1864, Bishop of Wakefield
I hope to post this great hymn on our Centurions' Arch, and before our list of martyrs on the History page... and at the bottom of our email commemorations.
Thanks to centurion Phil in North Carolina for this great hymn.
Another by How is "From All Thy Saints in Warfare, 1864" http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/f/r/fromallt.htm
in hoc fido scudemus "in this faith we are shielded" (centurion David of Boston)