Bread of the world, in mercy brokenAuthor: Reginald Heber (1827)
Published in 286 hymnals
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Bread of the world in mercy broken,
Wine of the soul in mercy shed,
by whom the words of life were spoken,
and in whose death our sins are dead:
look on the heart by sorrow broken;
look on the tears by sinners shed;
so may your feast become the token
that by your grace our souls are fed.
Source: Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #499
|First Line:||Bread of the world, in mercy broken|
|Author:||Reginald Heber (1827)|
|Source:||Didache, c. 200|
|Liturgical Use:||Communion Songs|
all st. = John 6:33-35, Rom. 6:11
Written by Reginald Heber (PHH 249), "Bread of the World" was first published posthumously in his Hymns written and adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year (1827); it was subtitled "Before the Sacrament."
The text is a prayer asking Christ to look on us with mercy and to feed us with his grace. Though written in two stanzas, it is one continuous thought. A devotional text with strong poetic images–"bread of the world" and "wine of the soul"–this hymn invites confession of sin and the acceptance of divine grace.
As Heber said, "Before the sacrament"–use this hymn as part of the service of confession and forgiveness or during the communion liturgy as a substitute for the traditional singing of the Agnus Dei.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Bread of the world in mercy broken. Bishop R. Heber. [Holy Communion.] First published in his posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 143, in 2 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed “Before the Sacrament." Its use has become most extensive in all English-speaking countries. Original text in Taring's Collection, No. 529. In the Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, the opening line was altered to "Bread of our life in mercy broken," but this reading has fallen out of use.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
This hymn is by Reginald Heber, an Anglican bishop who is best known for “From Greenland's Icy Mountains” and “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The date it was written is unknown, and it was published posthumously in 1827 by his widow in Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year. The text is in two short stanzas, though they are combined when sung to a longer tune such as RENDEZ À DIEU. The theme of the text is the sacrifice of Christ and its meaning for us, as shown in the sacrament.
This text is sung to many tunes, and is often set to original music. The two most frequently used tunes used are EUCHARISTIC HYMN and RENDEZ À DIEU.
EUCHARISTIC HYMN was written for this text by John Sebastian Bach Hodges, an Episcopal rector, in 1868. He named the tune for the liturgical use of the text and published it in 1869 in Book of Common Praise, which he edited.
The Genevan psalm tune RENDEZ À DIEU is also known as GENEVAN 98/118. It was originally used for Psalm 118 in the 1551 Geneva Psalter, then for both Psalms 98 and 118 in the 1562 edition. The name RENDEZ À DIEU comes from the opening words of a French paraphrase for Psalm 118. When this tune is sung with the joyful texts of the two Psalms, the Psalter Hymnal Handbook (p. 253-254) has this suggestion: “Its clear melodic structure and vibrant rhythm call for firm accompaniment with bright organ registration.” However, when the tune is used for a somber text like “Bread of the World,” a slower tempo and more muted organ would be appropriate.
Heber's original title for the text was “Before the sacrament.” For a confessional text like this one, it is most appropriate to sing it during a time of confession before Communion. If the choir is to sing it, there are plenty of settings to choose from. An arrangement that uses a familiar tune is “Celtic Communion”, in which Mark Hayes sets this text and one by St. Patrick to BUNESSAN, with optional orchestration for Celtic instruments such as flute or penny-whistle. Another option is a choral setting of “Bread of the World” to an expressive original melody and additional stanza by Mark Burrows. An a capella setting of “Bread of the World in Mercy Broken” is for choir in motet style by Robert Smith. “Communion Music for Manuals, Set 1” contains organ settings by Charles Callahan of both tunes this text is usually sung to: EUCHARISTIC HYMN and RENDEZ À DIEU.
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org
|Instances (1 - 37 of 37)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #432||Bread of the world in mercy broken||RENDEZ À DIEU||Reginald Heber (1783-1826)||98 98 D||Luke 22:17-20; John 6:25-35||2013||Atonement | ; Holy Communion | ; Penitence | ; Sin ||
|Chalice Hymnal #387||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken||EUCHARISTIC HYMN||Reginald Heber||98.98||1995||The Church at Worship | The Lord's Supper; God's Church | The Church at Worship: The Lord's Supper; Lord's Supper | ; Penitence ||
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #403||Bread of the world in mercy broken||2000|
|Common Praise (1998) #54||Bread of the world, in mercy broken (Pain vivant donné pour nos âmes)||Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken||RENDEZ À DIEU||Reginald Heber (1783-1826); Henri Chapieu (19??-)||98 98D||Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; John 6:66-69; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2||1998||Eucharist | ; Bread | ; Lent (season) ||
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #285||Bread of the world in mercy broken||RENDEZ À DIEU||Reginald Heber, 1783-1826||98 98 D||John 6:51; John 6:68; Psalm 51:17||2000||Holy Communion | ; Proper 7 | Year A|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #84||Bread of the world in mercy broken||Bread of the world in mercy broken||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #312||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Bread of the World||RENDEZ À DIEU||R. Heber, 1783-1826; F. B. Tucker, 1895-1984||98 98 D||John 15:1-9||1996||<i>Didache, </i>c. 200|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #499||Bread of the world in mercy broken||Bread of the World in Mercy Broken||RENDEZ À DIEU||Reginald Heber||220.127.116.11.D||Psalm 51:17; Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:17-20; Luke 24:30; John 6:51; John 6:58; Romans 6:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28||2013||Eucharist | ; Lord's Supper | ; Communion ||
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #301||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||RENDEZ À DIEU||Reginald Heber, 1783-1826||98. 98. D||1985|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #270||Bread of the world in mercy broken||98 98 D||1983|
|Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #599||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||RENDEZ A DIEU||Reginald Heber||1983|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #529||Bread of the world in mercy broken||Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken||RENDEZ Á DIEU||Reginald Heber, 1783-1826||18.104.22.168 D||1 Corinthians 11:24||2007||Church | ; Lord's Supper ||
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #530||Bread of the world in mercy broken||Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken||EUCHARISTIC HYMN||Reginald Heber, 1783-1826||22.214.171.124 D||1 Corinthians 11:24||2007||Church | ; Lord's Supper ||
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #396||Bread of the world in mercy broken||RENDEZ À DIEU||R. Heber (1783-1826)||9 8 9 8 D||1987||God's Church | Holy Communion; Easter 1 | The Bread of Life|
|Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #84||Bread of the world in mercy broken||RENDEZ A DIEU||Reginald Heber||2008|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #68||Bread of the world in mercy broken||98 98 D||1996|
|Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #160||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Bread of the World||EUCHARISTIC HYMN||Reginald Heber||1979||The Church | The Lord's Supper|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #502||Bread of the world in mercy broken||Bread of the World in Mercy Broken||RENDEZ À DIEU||Reginald Huber||126.96.36.199 D||Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26||1990||<i>Hymns Written and Adapted</i>, 1827, as in|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #310||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken||EUCHARISTIC HYMN||Reginald Heber||98 98||Matthew 26:26-28; John 6:55; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 2||1987||Bread of Life | ; Lord's Supper ||
|Rejoice in the Lord #551||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken||RENDEZ A DIEU||Reginald Heber; Francis Bland Tucker||188.8.131.52 D||1985||Worldwide Communion |||<i>Didache</i> (c. 200) (st. 2-3)|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #398||Bread of the world in mercy borken, Wine of the soul in mercy shed||COMMUNION||1985|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #465||Bread of the world in mercy broken||98 98 D||1999|
|Small Church Music #852||Bread of the world in mercy broken||Rendez a Dieu||RENDEZ A DIEU||Reginald Heber||184.108.40.206.D|
|Small Church Music #2269||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Sacrament||SACRAMENT||Reginald Heber||220.127.116.11|
|Small Church Music #2630||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Eucharistic Hymn||EUCHARISTIC HYMN||Reginald Heber||18.104.22.168|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #565||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken||EUCHARISTIC HYMN||Reginald Heber, 1783-1826||22.214.171.124.||John 6:51||1996||Lord's Supper ||
|The Cyber Hymnal #615||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken||EUCHARISTIC HYMN||Reginald Heber||98.98||Published posthumously in <cite>Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year</cite> (London: J. Murray, 1827)|
|The New Century Hymnal #346||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken||EUCHARISTIC HYMN||Reginald Heber||126.96.36.199.||John 6:35-58||1995||Holy Communion | ; Year A | Holy Thursday; Year B | Holy Thursday; Year B | Proper 14; Year C | Holy Thursday|
|The New English Hymnal #277||Bread of the world in mercy broken||RENDEZ À DIEU||Reginald Heber, 1783-1826||98 98 D||1986||Sacraments and Other Rites | Holy Communion|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #624||Bread of the world in mercy broken||Bread of the World||EUCHARISTIC HYMN||Reginald Heber||98.98||John 6:35-58||1989||The Sacraments and Rites of the Church | Eucharist (Holy Communion or The Lord's Supper); Holy Communion | ; Penitence ||
|The United Methodist Hymnal #624b||Bread of the world in mercy broken||Bread of the World||RENDEZ À DIEU||Reginald Heber||98.98||John 6:35-58||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #774||Bread of the world in mercy broken||Bread of the World in Mercy Broken||WAYFARING STRANGER||Reginald Heber||188.8.131.52.D.||1 Corinthians 11:24-25; John 6:35-58||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #512||Bread of the world in mercy broken||RENDEZ A DIEU||Reginald Heber, 1783-1826||98.98 D||John 6:25-35; Luke 22:14-23; Romans 6:6-11||1999||Absolution | ; Inner Peace | ; Reconciliation ||
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #425||Bread of the world in mercy broken||Bread of the World in Mercy Broken||EUCHARISTIC HYMN||Reginald Heber||184.108.40.206.||John 6:55||1990||Bread of Life | ; Christ | Blood of|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #461||Bread of the world, in mercy broken (Tu es notre pain véritable)||Bread of the World (Tu es notre pain véritable)||RENDEZ À DIEU||L. Guillou; Reginald Heber||9 8 9 8 D||1996||The Church at Worship | Holy Communion; Choruses and Refrains | ; Forgiveness from God | ; Grace | ; Jesus Christ | Blood; Jesus Christ | Images of; Jesus Christ | Words of; Mercy | ; Penitence | ; Proper 13 | Year A; Holy Thursday | Year B; Proper 14 | Year B; Proper 15 | Year B; Holy Thursday | Year C; Easter 4 | Year C; Holy thursday | Year ABC|
|Worship and Rejoice #693||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||Bread of the World||RENDEZ À DIEU||Reginald Heber, 1783-1826||220.127.116.11.D.||1 Corinthians 11:24-25; John 6:35-38||2001|
|찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #240||자 1ㅣ 로 그 몸 찢 기 시 고 (Bread of the world in mercy broken)||자 1ㅣ 로 그 몸 찢 기 시 고 (Bread of the World)||EUCHARISTIC HYMN||Reginald Heber||98.98||John 6:35-58||2001||Holy Communion | ; 성만찬 |||Korean trans. The United Methodist Korean Hymnal Committee|