625. Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread

1 Lord Jesus Christ, life-giving Bread,
May I in grace possess You.
Let me with holy food be fed,
In hunger I address You.
Prepare me well for You, O Lord,
And, humbly by my prayer implored,
Give me Your grace and mercy.

2 To pastures green, Lord, safely guide,
To restful waters lead me;
Your table well for me provide,
Your wounded hand now feed me.
Though weary, sinful, sick, and weak,
Refuge in You alone I seek,
To share Your cup of healing.

3 O Bread of heav'n, my soul's delight,
For full and free remission
I come with prayer before Your sight,
In sorrow and contrition.
Your rightousness, Lord, cover me
That I receive You worthily,
Assured of Your full pardon.

4 I do not merit favor, Lord,
My weight of sin would break me;
In all my guilty heart's discord,
O Lord, do not forsake me.
In my distress this comforts me
That You receive me graciously,
O Christ, my Lord of mercy!

Text Information
First Line: Lord Jesus Christ, life-giving bread
Title: Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread
Author: Johann Rist, 1607-67
Translator: Arthur T. Russell, 1806-74
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 87 87 887
Scripture: John 6:33-35; John 6:48-51; 1 Timothy 1:15-16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Psalm 23
Topic: The Lord's Supper
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: HERR, WIE DU WILLST
Meter: 87 87 887
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Theütsch kirchen ampt, Strassburg, 1525; The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Setting)



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