525. Let Us Break Bread Together

1 Let us break bread together on our knees; (on our knees)
let us break bread together on our knees.

Refrain:
When I fall on my knees,
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me. (on me)

2 Let us drink wine together on our knees; (on our knees)
let us drink wine together on our knees. [Refrain]

3 Let us praise God together on our knees; (on our knees)
let us praise God together on our knees. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Let us break bread together on our knees
Title: Let Us Break Bread Together
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 10.10 with refrain
Scripture: Psalm 51:1; Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:17-20; Luke 24:30; John 6:53-58; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; 1 Corinthians 13:12
Topic: Eucharist; Lord's Supper; Communion
Source: African American spiritual
Language: English
Refrain First Line: When I fall on my knees
Tune Information
Name: LET US BREAK BREAD
Arranger: Melva Wilson Costen (1988)
Meter: 10.10 with refrain
Key: E♭ Major
Source: African American spiritual
Copyright: Arr. © 1990 Melva Wilson Costen


Text Information:

This African American spiritual quite possibly reflects the circumstances of slaves attending early morning communion services in colonial Anglican churches, but its combination of hope (“rising sun”) and supplication (“Lord, have mercy”) speaks to many worshipers’ experience.


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