Category Archives: Lent

Bread of the World

I’ve posted this poem recently, but it bears repeating. Today is the Anglican day of commemoration for its author–Reginald Heber, poet and once bishop of Calcutta. Heber’s poetry is sung today all over Christendom, in both high and low churches. … Continue reading

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Jesu, my manna be

I hunger and I thirst; Jesu, my manna be: Ye living waters, burst Out of the rock for me. Thou bruised and broken Bread, My life-long wants supply; As living souls are fed, O feed me, or I die. Thou … Continue reading

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Salve Rex

Hail to thee, King of heaven, Lord of mercy, Thou our life, our sweetness, and our hope: Hail. To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee we sigh with mourning and weeping in this vale of sorrow. … Continue reading

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The Price

The coin fell on my hollow hand. I could not bear it, although it was light, and I let it fall. It was all in vain. The other said: “There are still twenty-nine.” ~ Jorge Borges, “Matthew XXVII:9”

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He sent no angel to our race

I first heard this hymn (copied below) in a Lutheran church, on the Feast of the Transfiguration. It must (imperatively!) be sung to the original 15th-century Agincourt tune; otherwise, it loses vigor. The unique stanza is the second.  “He sent no angel … Continue reading

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From the Greek of St. Andrew

Christian, dost thou see them On the holy ground, How the powers of darkness Rage thy steps around? Christian, up and smite them, Counting gain but loss, In the strength that cometh By the holy cross. Christian, dost thou feel … Continue reading

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Be Thou the wine I long to taste, Be Thou the water from each stone, Be Thou my bread within this waste, And I shall live by bread alone.

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