Bread of Heaven, on Thee we feed

A hymn to sing along to…

At the time of writing this, we are still in semi-lockdown and unable to hold public worship in our Church building, so joining together in a service of Holy Communion with hymns being sung seems to be a distant memory.

This hymn was written by Josiah Conder (1789-1855), who was editor of the British literary magazine The Eclectic Review from 1814 to 1837. He was a Congregationalist and campaigned for the abolition of slavery. He wrote a number of hymns, but this is the only one that is often sung nowadays.

The tune “Nicht so traurig” was harmonised by Johann Sebastian Bach for his cantata of that name. The first verse of this can be translated into English as:

Do not be so mournful, do not be so very troubled, my soul, because to you God does not give so much good fortune, possessions and honour as he does to others:
make do with your God,
If you have God, then you have no need/ no trouble.

So with that thought in mind, here is a reflection on the Holy Communion we hope to share in again soon.

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