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St Oswald's

The parish church of Bollington

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Sing-Along Hymns

Holy Communion

Other hymns in this collection that are suitable include:
Alleluya, sing to Jesus
And now, O Father, mindful of the love
Bread of Heaven, on Thee we feed
Bread of the world in mercy broken
Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness
Just as I am, without one plea
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
May the grace of Christ our Saviour
My God and is Thy Table spread
Once, only once, and once for all
Sweet sacrament divine
Thee we adore, O hidden Saviour, thee
Wherefore, O Father


Author of life divine

The words were written by Charles Wesley.

The tune Rhosymedre was written by Revd John David Edwards 1805-1885. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1833 and served parishes in Rhosymedre and Llanddoget and published a collection of hymn tunes Original Sacred Music (2 vols., 1836, 1843), for use in Anglican churches in Wales. However, this is the only tune of his in common use today.

Author of life divine,
who hast a table spread,
furnished with mystic wine
and everlasting bread,
preserve the life Thyself hast given,
preserve the life Thyself hast given,
and feed and train us up for heav'n.

Our needy souls sustain
with fresh supplies of love,
till all Thy life we gain,
and all Thy fullness prove,
and strengthened by Thy perfect grace,
and strengthened by Thy perfect grace,
behold without a veil Thy face.


Soul of my Saviour

This ancient hymn is traditionally sung after Holy Communion as a prayer and reflection on the Sacrament just received. It was written (in Latin) in or before the 14th Century and is sometimes attributed to Pope John XXII (1244–1334), one of the popes based at Avignon, who lived a surprisingly long time before Pope John XXIII (1881–1963).

It is thought that the tune Anima Christi was written by the Jesuit priest Fr William J. Maher (1823-1877).

Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast,
Body of Christ, be thou my saving guest,
Blood of my Saviour, bathe me in thy tide,
wash me with water flowing from thy side.

Strength and protection may thy Passion be,
O blessèd Jesu, hear and answer me;
deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me,
so shall I never, never part from thee.

Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
in death’s dread moments make me only thine;
call me and bid me come to thee on high
where I may praise thee with thy saints for ay.

Anima Christi

For each hymn we have provided a set of verses together with an electronically generated sound-track. The sound track does not provide any words - just the tune.

The selection of hymns to be included was subject to certain limitations, notably the restrictions of copyright. This meant that many modern hymns were excluded, and the exclusion even applied to some updated versions of traditional hymns. Some publishers have made a few minor changes to make hymns more "inclusive" and have then claimed copyright over the revised text. So in most cases the ORIGINAL texts have been used, even though these may not be the versions that appear in modern hymnals.

In deciding what tunes to be used, this has largely been the Webmaster's personal choice. It is a mixture of familiar tunes and tunes that are not well-known, but deserve to be better known. The webmaster has included some personal favourites (and excluded some pet hates!). The soundtracks provided go with the words provided - if there are four verses, the tune is repeated four times. Where possible tunes have been provided with descants or alternative arrangements.

Wherever possible, there is an explanation of who wrote the words or tunes, the circumstances under which they were written, when (and sometimes why). Many hymns include references to verses appearing in the King James Version of the Bible; more modern translations were not then available! In some cases we have tried to explain these scriptural references or other instances where words have changed their meaning over time.

This selection of "Sing-along Songs of Praise" was originally a series of blog posts written during the COVID Lockdowns of 2020. It was intended to allow people to sing hymns in the safety and privacy of their own homes at a time when hymn-singing in church was not allowed (even if the church building was open!).

When hymns are sung as part of a church service, it is normally the case that the hymn books are set aside at the end of the hymn and the next part of the service continues. There is no time to sit and reflect on the meaning or the beauty of words and/or music. This collection allows you to take your time, to read, listen sing along, reflect, and to repeat a hymn again if you wish.



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Last modified: 20 March 2021