Scripture Verse

He took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me. Luke 22:19


Keith H. McIlwain

Words: Keith H. Mc­Il­wain, 2003.

Music: Day of Rest James W. El­li­ott, in Church Hymns, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of El­li­ott (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Mc­Il­wain, would you ?

The Last Supper
Gustave Doré

Origin of the Hymn

While re­view­ing the hymn pos­si­bil­i­ties for Ho­ly Thurs­day in 2003, I la­ment­ed that none in our pres­ent hym­nal real­ly gave the thrust of the tra­di­tion­al nar­ra­tive. I had al­ways want­ed to write a hymn text (in­spired by the great Me­thod­ist po­et Charles Wes­ley) and seized the op­por­tun­i­ty.

The text at­tempts to con­vey the ev­ents of the tra­di­tion­al in­sti­tu­tion­al nar­ra­tive while re­main­ing con­nect­ed to the emo­tions in the Up­per Room. Al­though I had writ­ten songs in a pop-rock-folk style pre­vious­ly, this was my first tra­di­tion­al hymn text.

I wrote the text based on a tune [Day of Rest] that was in­clud­ed in the 1935 Me­thod­ist Hym­nal but had fall­en into dis­use.

Keith McIlwain


Our Lord and His disciples
At table were as one,
And Jesus thought of the morrow,
His work here nearly done.
With one last night together,
They knew not what would be,
But Jesus had one final word:
Do This; Remember Me!

Thanksgiving to the Father,
An ancient feast made new.
Christ said, This is My body,
My body giv’n for you.

The holy bread was broken
And shared with Jesus’ plea
That His words not be forgotten:
Do This; Remember Me!

He took the cup of blessing,
The blood of Jesus shed
That all might know forgiveness,
Received when Jesus bled.
Salvation now available
To all on bended knee
Who repent and follow His command:
Do This; Remember Me!

Yes, Christ’s command continues
To all who serve His Name
To go and make disciples,
That all would sing His fame.
And gathered at one table
His holy church shall see
Our Master is still calling:
Do This; Remember Me!