O higher than the cherubim,
More glorious than the seraphim,
Lead their praises, alleluia!
Thou, Bearer of the Eternal Word,
Most gracious, magnify the Lord!
Respond ye souls in endless rest,
Ye patriarchs and prophets blest,
Ye holy twelve, ye martyrs strong,
All saints triumphant raise the song!
These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Introit)
You have knit together Your faithful people of all times and places into one holy communion, the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that, together with them, we may come to the unspeakable joys You have prepared for those who love You... (Collect)
Blessed are those whose strength is in You, in whose hearts are the highways to Zion. (Gradual)
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. (Verse)
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake. (Gospel)
Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle; they in glory shine.
Yet all are one in Thee for all are Thine.
Alleluia. (Hymn of the Day)
Give to Your whole Church, in heaven and on earth, Your light and Your peace. (Prayer of the Church)
In the communion of all Your saints, gathered into the one body of Your Son, You have surrounded us with so great a cloud of witnesses that we, encouraged by their faith and strengthened by their fellowship, may run with perseverance the race that is set before us and, together with them, receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying: Holy, holy, holy Lord... (Proper Preface)
Keep us firm in the true faith throughout our days of pilgrimage that, on the day of His coming, we may, together with all Your saints, celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom which has no end. (Post-communion collect)
The band of the apostles in glory sing Your praise;
The fellowship of prophets their deathless voices raise.
The martyrs in Your kingdom, a vast and noble throng,
Sing with the holy church throughout all the world this song:
O all-majestic Father, Your true and only Son,
And Holy Spirit, Comforter - forever Three in One! (Last Hymn)