Thursday, November 10, 2022

429. Proper 14 (Series B)

The lessons for this service, a Sunday after Trinity during Aug. 7-13, are 1 Kings 19:1-8, Ephesians 4:17-5:2 and John 6:35-51. The tune is DONNE SECOURS from the Genevan Psalter (1551), which LBW and LW paired with "Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion." Both books specifically cite Treinte quatre pseaumes de David (34 Psalms of David), but when I try to locate information about that book, all I find is Pseaumes octante trois de David (83 Psalms of David) published in Geneva during that year. This edition admittedly included 34 psalms paraphrased by Théodore de Béze; meanwhile, the full Genevan Psalter with all 150 Psalms didn't exist until 1562. For what it's worth.

Christ is the living Bread come down from heaven,
That of it we may eat and never die.
His holy flesh as bread is truly given:
Amen! So says the Word who does not lie.

Not like the manna that the fathers gathered,
Life this Bread gives us who in Him believe.
The death He died, the righteous blood He spattered,
He gave that life the whole world may receive.

No one can come to feast at Jesus' table
Unless the Father draw him to the board;
He who is taught by God alone is able
To grasp the mystery of Christ the Lord.

Lord, having drawn us, let us gladly hear You.
Lord, having taught us, let us not say nay,
But trust Your testament, reclining near You,
And take Your body and Your blood today.

This wondrous sacrament us having nourished,
Christ, live in us and guide us on Your way
Till, all Your graces in us having flourished,
You raise our bodies on the youngest day.

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