Scripture Verse

This is My body, which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me. 1 Corinthians 11:24

Introduction

Words: From the An­ti­phon­ar­i­um Ben­cho­ren­se, a late 7th Cen­tury man­u­script from the Mon­as­te­ry of Ban­gor, Coun­ty Down, Ire­land (Sanc­ti ven­i­te, cor­pus Chris­ti su­mi­te). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by John M. Neale, Med­iæ­val Hymns, 1851.

Music: Pen­i­ten­tia Ed­ward Dearle, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John M. Neale
(1818–1866)

Lyrics

Draw nigh and take
The body of the Lord;
And drink the holy blood
For you outpoured.
Saved by that body
And that holy blood,
With souls refreshed,
We render thanks to God.

Salvation’s giver,
Christ, the only Son,
By His dear cross
And blood the victory won.
Offered was He
For greatest and for least,
Himself the victim,
And Himself the priest.

Victims were offered
By the law of old,
Which in a type
This heavenly mystery told.
He, ransomer from death,
And light from shade,
Now gives His holy grace
His saints to aid.

Approach ye then
With faithful hearts sincere,
And take the safeguard
Of salvation here.
He, that His saints
In this world rules and shields,
To all believers
Life eternal yields.

With heavenly bread
Makes them that hunger whole,
Gives living waters
To the thirsting soul,
Alpha and Omega,
To whom shall bow
All nations at the doom,
Is with us now.