Lord Christ Jesus, Our Salvation

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1 Lord Christ Jesus, our salvation,
every sinner's vindication,
gave us bread in his remembrance
as a sacrifice in semblance.

2 O that bread of yours, how holy,
which, Christ Jesus, you are solely!
Bread, a food so elemental,
yet supremely sacramental.

3 This is gift of sweetest savor,
feast bestowed by heaven's favor,
miracle and meal in union,
wondrous grace of our communion.

4 Hail, O form of God made human,
who God's unity illumine;
each takes pleasure in your being
who through eyes of faith is seeing.

5 No mere bread, but mediator -
God and man, our liberator
while on cross you hung suspended
till your life in flesh had ended.

6 Not enhanced by consecration,
unconsumed, without mutation,
parted not though bread be broken,
you bear godhood's every token.

7 Worthy to be angels' victual,
model for the saints' committal,
you the New Law validated
whom the Old had intimated.

8 O most wholesome balm of healing,
all our debt to sins repealing,
feed us; set us free from evil;
lead us in your light primeval.

9 O what wonders you have rendered
who, O Christ, your self have tendered
through your symbols of redeeming,
wine and brad in likeness seeming.

10 Bread and wine convey your presence
as a mystery in essence.
Yours be praise and adoration
unto every generation! Amen.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #419

Translator: Dirk French

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Author: Jan Hus

[John Huss] Jan Hus was born in Bohemia (part of the region, along with Moravia, we now call the Czech Republic), ca. 1370. He studied philosophy and theology at Prague University. Though only regarded as an average student, he received an undergraduate degree in 1396 and a Masters in 1398. In 1402 he was ordained as a priest in the Catholic Church and became rector and priest at Bethlehem Chapel. Hus lived in a time of great political and religious upheaval and to fully understand the man and his circumstances, some background is necessary. Domestic political turmoil was emerging in Bohemia and in the early 1400s the Catholic Church was enmeshed in the Great Schism in which three rival popes vied for control of the church. The schism l… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord Christ Jesus, our salvation
Title: Lord Christ Jesus, Our Salvation
Author: Jan Hus (c. 1410)
Translator: Dirk French (1993)
Meter: Trochaic
Language: English


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