Thou, who at thy first Eucharist didst pray

Thou, who at thy first Eucharist didst pray

Author: W. H. Turton (1881)
Communion Songs
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1 At that first eucharist before you died,
O Lord, you prayed that all be one in you;
At this our eucharist again preside,
And in our hearts your law of love renew.
O may we all one bread, one body be,
Through this blest sacrament of unity.

2 For all your Church, O Lord, we intercede;
O make our lack of charity to cease;
Draw us the nearer each to each, we plead,
By drawing all to you, O Prince of peace.
O may we all one bread, one body be,
Through this blest sacrament of unity.

3 We pray for those who wander from the fold;
O bring them back, good shepherd of the sheep,
Back to the faith which saints believed of old,
Back to the Church which still that faith does keep.
O may we all one bread, one body be,
Through this blest sacrament of unity.

4 So, Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease,
May we be one with all your Church above,
One with your saints in one unending peace,
One with your saints in one unbounded love.
O may we all one bread, one body be,
Through this blest sacrament of unity.



Source: One in Faith #530

Author: W. H. Turton

Turton, W. H., a Lieut. in the Royal Engineers, has published A Few Hymns written by A Layman between the Festivals of All Saints, 1880 and 1881. This contains 12 hymns. The Second Series, "written between the Festivals of All Saints, 1881 and 1882," also contains 12 hymns, and the Third Series, 1882-1883, another 12. These hymns are worthy of attention. Those which have passed into common use include;— 1. And now our Eucharist is o'er (1881-1882). Holy Communion. 2. 0 Thou who at Thy Eucharist didst pray. For Unity. "This hymn was used at S. Mary Magdalene's, Munster Square, N. W., in the Anniversary Service of the English Church Union, June 22,1881. It is intended to be sung after the ‘Agnus Dei,' at a choral celebration.… Go to person page >

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