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Eucharistic Hymns

posted Jul 29, 2012, 7:40 AM by Steven Vaughan
Elaine Rendler-McQueeney writes this week in Today's Liturgy: “From today through the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, [August 26th] we will hear what is known as the Bread of Life Discourse.  In the music guidelines Sing to the Lord, we read that the Eucharistic prayer is the center and summit of the entire celebration.  '[It] is a single liturgical act, consisting of several parts” an introductory dialogue, the thanksgiving or preface, the Sanctus, the calling down of the Holy Spirit (this is called the epiclesis), the institution narrative, the Memorial Acclamation, [now the Mystery of Faith] the anamnesis, the offering, the intercessions, and the doxology with its Amen'”. 

So for the next month, we'll be singing hymns that focus on these various aspects of the Eucharist.  Gathering songs will include Table of Plenty, the bilingual Come to the Feast (Ven al Banquete) and the traditional hymn See Us, Lord, About Your Altar.  And the text of a new song, As We Gather at Your Table, is a great example of a song that takes us beyond the joy of coming together to the task of being sent forth. 

Shepherd of Souls, which we sang last week and will again, references the manna in the wilderness.  So does the Taizé chant Eat This Bread and the Damean's Look Beyond.  Both One Lord and One Bread, One Body are based on the theme of unity in the Body of Christ found in St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians.

We'll sing God of the Hungry and I Received the Living God, both by Scott Soper.  James Moore, Jr.'s Taste and See is based on Psalm 34, which is the responsorial psalm for three weeks..  And of course, I Am the Bread of Life both summarizes and unites all these readings. 

If you want to practice any of these, or if you just like to sing, come to the Summer Schola rehearsal this Monday evening at 7:30 pm!  And if you have a favorite Eucharistic hymn that I haven't mentioned here, let me know...
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