Composer: Jacques Berthier

Jacques Berthier (27 June 1923 – 27 June 1994) was a French composer of liturgical music, best known for writing much of the music used at Taizé.  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Jacques Berthier (1984)
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 55666 77771 71223
Key: G Major
Copyright: © 1984, Les Presses de Taizé, GIA Publications Inc. agent


Eat This Bread

Eat this bread, drink this cup,
come to me and never be hungry.
Eat this bread, drink this cup,
trust in me and you will not thirst.

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Eat This Bread


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, sometimes forte, sometimes piano. After several repetitions, intersperse humming to enhance the meditative effect of the singing. Add oboe, flute, recorder, or violin for the instrumental descants. The number of repetitions (with or without stanzas and instrumental descants) may be determined by the worship leaders. It should not be rushed. Use a combination of choir and congregational singing, if you like, perhaps interspersed with instrumentals and humming. One manner of performance is recorded on We Come, 0 Christ, to You (1985), a CRC Publications cassette recording of hymns for worship. Additional descant melodies are published in Music from Taizé (vol. 2; Instrumental Edition, G-2778A). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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