Use: Communion, General
Required Resources: SATB choir, organ
Robert Benson has given us a beautiful setting of this Eucharistic text from the Maintzisch Gesangbuch (1661):
O Bread of Life from heaven, O food to pilgrims given, O manna from on high!
We hunger, Lord, supply us, nor thy delights deny us, whose hearts to thee draw nigh.
O stream of love past telling, O purest fountain welling from out the Savior's side!
We faint with thirst: revive us, of thine abundance give us, and all we need provide.
O Jesus, by thee bidden, we here adore thee hidden in forms of bread and wine.
Grant when the veil is riven, we may behold in heaven, thy countenance divine!
The music calls on Psalm VI from the Genevan Psalter (1564) of Louis Bourgeois.
An easy and effective organ accompaniment provides a flowing, eighth note underlay and interludes for the three verses.
The first section is homophonic, with some a cappella measures.
After an organ interlude, the second verse is purely polyphonic, making some use of two-part texture.
After a similar interlude, verse three begins in unison, and after a crescendo at the mid-point, closes with a solid SATB passage, with divisi for sopranos and basses on the last few notes.
The organ introduction repeats as the coda, but now resolving from e minor to E Major with a Picardy third.
Order #: 5078
- Choral Music
- Ordinary Time
- SATB Choir