1 Lord Jesus Christ, life-giving Bread,
May I in grace possess You.
Let me with holy food be fed,
In hunger I address You.
Prepare me well for You, O Lord,
And, humbly by my prayer implored,
Give me Your grace and mercy.
2 To pastures green, Lord, safely guide,
To restful waters lead me;
Your table well for me provide,
Your wounded hand now feed me.
Though weary, sinful, sick, and weak,
Refuge in You alone I seek,
To share Your cup of healing.
3 O Bread of heav'n, my soul's delight,
For full and free remission
I come with prayer before Your sight,
In sorrow and contrition.
Your rightousness, Lord, cover me
That I receive You worthily,
Assured of Your full pardon.
4 I do not merit favor, Lord,
My weight of sin would break me;
In all my guilty heart's discord,
O Lord, do not forsake me.
In my distress this comforts me
That You receive me graciously,
O Christ, my Lord of mercy!
Source: Lutheran Service Book #625
|First Line:||Lord Jesus Christ, Thou living Bread|
|Title:||Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Living Bread|
|German Title:||De Lebensbrot, Herr Jesu Christ|
|Author:||Johann von Rist|
|Translator:||Arthur T. Russell|