419. Lord Christ Jesus, Our Salvation

1 Lord Christ Jesus, our salvation,
every sinner's vindication,
gave us bread in his remembrance
as a sacrifice in semblance.

2 O that bread of yours, how holy,
which, Christ Jesus, you are solely!
Bread, a food so elemental,
yet supremely sacramental.

3 This is gift of sweetest savor,
feast bestowed by heaven's favor,
miracle and meal in union,
wondrous grace of our communion.

4 Hail, O form of God made human,
who God's unity illumine;
each takes pleasure in your being
who through eyes of faith is seeing.

5 No mere bread, but mediator -
God and man, our liberator
while on cross you hung suspended
till your life in flesh had ended.

6 Not enhanced by consecration,
unconsumed, without mutation,
parted not though bread be broken,
you bear godhood's every token.

7 Worthy to be angels' victual,
model for the saints' committal,
you the New Law validated
whom the Old had intimated.

8 O most wholesome balm of healing,
all our debt to sins repealing,
feed us; set us free from evil;
lead us in your light primeval.

9 O what wonders you have rendered
who, O Christ, your self have tendered
through your symbols of redeeming,
wine and brad in likeness seeming.

10 Bread and wine convey your presence
as a mystery in essence.
Yours be praise and adoration
unto every generation! Amen.

Text Information
First Line: Lord Christ Jesus, our salvation
Title: Lord Christ Jesus, Our Salvation
Author: Jan Hus
Translator: Dirk French (1993)
Meter: Trochaic
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: Holy Communion; Christ--Bread of Life; Christ--Intercessor (5 more...)
Tune Information
Arranger: Dirk French (1993)
Meter: Trochaic
Key: d minor
Source: 15th cent. plainsong.

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