EUCHARISTIC HYMN

Composer: J. Sebastian B. Hodges

Born: 1830, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. Died: May 1, 1915, Baltimore, Maryland. Buried: Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Son of composer Edward Hodges, John emigrated to America in 1845, and attended Columbia University and the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Ordained an Episcopal minister in 1854, he served at the Grace/Second Episcopal Church, Newark, New Jersey (1860-70), and was Rector of St. Paul’s, Baltimore, Maryland, for 35 years. His works include: The Book of Common Praise, 1869 The revised edition of Hymn Tunes, 1903 --www.hymntime.com/tch  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: EUCHARISTIC HYMN
Composer: J. Sebastian B. Hodges (1868)
Meter: 9.8.9.8
Incipit: 55435 43234 55543
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

John Sebastian Bach Hodges (b. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, 1830; d. Baltimore, MD, 1915) composed EUCHARISTIC HYMN for Heber's text in 1868, while he was rector at Grace Episcopal Church, Newark, New Jersey. He first published the tune in his Book of Common Praise (1869) and named it after the sacramental service for which Heber wrote the text. Sing EUCHARISTIC HYMN in harmony, preferably without accompaniment and always in its entirety. It also makes a fine communion motet for a choir.

The son of Edward Hodges (PHH 55), John came to the United States at the age of fifteen. Educated at Columbia University, New York City, and General Theological Seminary, New York City, he was ordained in 1855. After having served Episcopal churches in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Newark, he devoted the remainder of his career to St. Paul Church in Baltimore (1870-1906). There Hodges replaced the mixed choir with a choir of men and boys. He composed over a hundred hymns and anthems and compiled The Book of Common Praise (1869) and the revised edition of Hymn Tunes (1903). He was also active on the committees that produced the Episcopal Hymnal (1874) and Hymnal(1892).

Since the publication of William Mercer's Church Psalter and Hymn Book (1854), many hymnals have set Heber's text to GENEVAN 98/118 (see 98, 118, or 314) in one long stanza. That tune–much loved in the Reformed tradition–is a useful alternate because it helps to bind together the two short stanzas into one longer prayer. To create a longer Lord's Supper hymn, combine 310 and 314 into one song or choral anthem using GENEVAN 98/118.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Arrangements

Organ Solo

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    Composer/Editor Lyndell Leatherman
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  • The Complete Organist Volume 2: Accessible Service Music for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Carson P. Cooman; John S. B. Hodges
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2017) pp. 107
  • The Complete Organist Volume 2: Accessible Service Music for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Carson P. Cooman; Lyndell Leatherman
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2017) pp. 110
  • Easy Organ Library Volume 58
    Composer/Editor Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2015) pp. 28
  • Easy on the Pedals: Hymn Tune Settings with Optional Pedal Parts
    Composer/Editor Victor C. Johnson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 22
  • Hymn Meditations: 11 Paraphrases on Hymn-Tunes
    Composer/Editor Edward G. Mead
    Published By: Carl Fischer, Inc. (2006) pp. 10
  • The Cross and the Crown: Compiled for the Busy Organist by James Southbridge
    Composer/Editors James Southbridge; Juliet Calkins
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2006) pp. 11
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 66 Number 3 January February 2003: A Bi-monthly Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Mark Davis
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2003) pp. 24
  • The Sacred Organ Journal Volume 35 Number 5 May 2001: The Organist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Mark Barnard; James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2001) pp. 24
  • Communion Call: Meditations for Organ
    Composer/Editors Eugene McCluskey; James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1996) pp. 3
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 59 Number 5 May 1996: A Bi-monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Dorothy Wells; Gilbert M. Martin
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1996) pp. 88
  • Easy Organ Library Volume 16: A Collection of Organ Voluntaries for Church Use
    Composer/Editor Juliet Calkins
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1994) pp. 67
  • The Organist Volume 97 Number 6 January 1994: A Bi-monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors James Mansfield; Juliet Colkins
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1994) pp. 67
  • Consoliere Volume 4 Number 3 July August September 1973: Practical and Distinctive Pieces for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Charles G. Frischmann; Bernard Bartelink
    Published By: World Library Publications, Inc. (1973) pp. 21
  • The Amateur Organist Number 38: A Collection of Organ Voluntaries for Church Use
    Composer/Editor Rob Roy Peery
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1963) pp. 66

Piano Solo

  • The Church Pianist Volume 29 Number 3 January February April 2013: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Larry F. Pugh; Gilbert M. Martin
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2013) pp. 35
  • The Church Pianist Volume 20 Number 1 September October 2003: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors David Sarandon; Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2003) pp. 33
  • The Church Pianist Volume 15 Number 3 January February 1999: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Todd Kendall
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1999) pp. 6
  • Composer/Editor Robert C. Lau
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1999) pp. 4
  • Flexible Communion Music: For Piano
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Stanley E. Saxton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1991) pp. 16, 20
  • The Church Pianist Volume 7 Number 3 January February 1991: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Stanley E. Saxton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1991) pp. 18
  • The Church Pianist Volume 1 Number 3 January 1985: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Robert W. Thygerson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1985) pp. 70

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • An Organist's Book of Hymns: The Liturgical Year: 3 Part Hymns and Chorale Preludes
    Composer/Editor Noel Jones
    Published By: Frog Music (2014) pp. 54
  • 120 More Musical Gifts Part 5 Series Two: Variations on Hymn Tunes - Erhalt Uns Herr to Lauda Anima
    Composer/Editors Adrienne Tindall; Austin Cole Lovelace
    Published By: Darcey Press (2006) pp. 188
  • Hymn Accompaniments for Piano
    Composer/Editor John Innes
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1987) pp. 6
  • Hymn Variants for Organ
    Composer/Editor Jack C. Goode
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1987) pp. 35
  • Hymn Helps for Organists and Congregations: An Organ Book for Unison Hymn Singing
    Composer/Editor Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1970) pp. 32

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