I love the words to this old hymn:



For all the saints who from their labors rest, Who you by faith before the world confessed, Your Name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!  We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; Yet all are one within your great design. Alleluia, alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west; Soon to the loyal faithful comes their rest; Sweet is the calm of Paradise so blest. Alleluia, alleluia!

But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day; The saints triumphant rise in bright array; The King of Glory passes on His way. Alleluia, alleluia!

From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast, Through gates of heav'n streams in the countless host, Singing to Father, Son and Holy Ghost: Alleluia, alleluia!

Text: 10 10 10 with alleluias; William W. How 1823-1897



What is a "Saint'?  Well that is a very good question and every person that you speak with may give you a slightly different definition for who or what he or she thinks a Saint is.  So I went to the dictionary to see what it had to say on the subject.  Here is what I found:
saint   sant.jpg (1194 bytes)   n.  1. A holy or godly person.   2.  In certain churches, such a person who has died and been canonized.  3.  Any one of the blessed in heaven.   4.  An angel.   5.   In the New Testament, any Christian believer.  Eph. i 1.    6.  A very patient, unselfish person.   ---v.t.   To canonize; venerate as a saint.  --- adj. Holy; canonized.   Abbr. S., St.  [< OF saint < L sanctus holy < sancire to make sacred]

Now do you know any more than you did?  Most of us have known a few people in our life that would qualify loosely as "A Saint".   Someone in your acquaintance is probably very unselfish, very generous and giving of time and/or talents to those in need.  Kind and caring.  Never quick to condemn or judge any other person.  Very spiritual with a true love of God (or His equivalent in another religion, since there are 'Saints' in most organized religions).   Unconditional love and respect for all fellow human beings, regardless of their attitude, beliefs or station in life.  Joyful, with a ready smile, accepting whatever hardships and obstacles come into their lives and work through or around them.   Always willing to jump into a hard job and help in any way possible.  What element in this person makes him/her that way---sometimes despite overwhelming odds or opposition?  Are modern day "saints" born that way or are they nurtured into being?

And what about the Saints of Historic times?  Many brave souls became Saints of the Church because they believed so firmly in their Religious Faith that they were willing to be tortured and even killed to uphold their unshakable belief in God and to speak out for those beliefs even though it would threaten their very lives.

"Saints" are a constant source of wonder and curiosity to me.  So I am making a new section about "Saints".  It isn't going to answer any scholarly questions.  I don't plan any attempt to make it into a comprehensive or well organized study.  I simply want to share some of the information and some of the glorious artwork that I have found on a few of the Saints that I personally admire. 

It will be a small section at first and will grow as I find new, interesting items to add.  Much of the research will be gleaned from the internet, which means that my visitors could probably find more and better information at other sites.  But I invite you to browse these pages if you wish and send me your comments by email.   I am on a life-long quest to learn about God and Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit.   Studying the life experiences of The Saints can teach me new facets in my own Faith Journey.



Picture and Tribute Pages of the Saints

Mary, Mother of Jesus

Saint Joseph

Saint Mary Salome

Philomena, The Child Saint

Mother Teresa of Calcutta


The Child Saint

Saint Anne - Mother of The Virgin Mary



Visit the other Faith Pages below:
- My Faith Journey - - SCC - - Thoughts on Prayer - - A Prayer - - Bible Quotes -
- Answered Prayers,an Essay - - Sand Art - - Forwards - - The Saints -
- Mary, Mother of Jesus - - Saint Joseph - - A Prayer as War Begins -


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