Eat This Bread

I am the bread of life, The true bread sent from the Father

Author: Communauté de Taizé ; Adapter: Robert J. Batastini, b. 1942 (1984)
Communion Songs
Published in 14 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Author: Communauté de Taizé

The Taizé Community is a community ecumenical based in Taize in France. Founded in 1940 by Brother Roger, it brings together a hundred brothers from around the world and have chosen to live together a life of prayer and celibacy in simplicity. The unity of Christian denominations and care for young adults are among the commitments of the Community since its inception. The Taizé Community was founded in Taizé in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz, with the goal of "building a life together in which the gospel of reconciliation would be a concretely lived reality" . During the war he helps people in difficulty and hosts German refugees. In 1942, the Gestapo threatened to arrest brother Roger, who fled to Switzerland until the end of the wa… Go to person page >

Adapter: Robert J. Batastini, b. 1942

Robert J. Batastini is the retired vice president and senior editor of GIA Publications, Inc., Chicago. Bob has over fifty-five years of service in pastoral music ministry, having served several parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago and one in the Diocese of Joliet. He served as executive editor and project director for the Worship hymnals (three editions), Gather hymnals (three editions), Catholic Community Hymnal, and as executive editor of RitualSong. In 1993 he became the first recipient of the Father Lawrence Heimann Citation for lifetime contribution to church music and liturgy in the U.S., awarded by St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana, and was named "Pastoral Musician of the Year-2000" by the National Association of Pasto… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I am the bread of life, The true bread sent from the Father
Title: Eat This Bread
Author: Communauté de Taizé
Adapter: Robert J. Batastini, b. 1942 (1984)
Meter: Irregular
Language: English; Spanish
Refrain First Line: Eat this bread, drink this cup
Publication Date: 2011
Copyright: © 1984, 2005, Les Presses de Taizé, GIA Publicatons, Inc., agent
Liturgical Use: Communion Songs



Like JESUS, REMEMBER ME (217), EAT THIS BREAD is a meditative chorus intended to be sung repeatedly and accompanied with various descants; repetitions are more natural when sung as refrains to the solo stanzas. Sing this chorus in harmony without accompaniment, with a song leader indicating dynamics…

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Instances (1 - 14 of 14)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #442
Common Praise (1998) #63Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #926Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive #838Page Scan
Hymnal Supplement 1991 #772Page Scan
Hymnal Supplement II #59
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #753
Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #228
Sing! A New Creation #254AudioPage Scan
Singing the Faith #583
Taizé: Songs for Prayer #7Page Scan
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #125Page Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #714
Worship (4th ed.) #943
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