O God we Give Ourselves Today

This Offertory hymn about the Eucharist was written by Roman Catholic priest Anthony Nye SJ.   Today, some sources attribute it as © Trustees of Rev Clifford Howell SJ, London - but it is not listed in either Calamus or CCLI licensing.

The first publication date is unclear - it was included in an Australian recording made in 1969, and the People's Mass Book 1966.

It is not the same as Gustav Gottheil's "To Thee we Give Ourselves Today".

With meter of 8.6.8.6 (CM), tunes that it has been set to include:
  • MARTYRDOM (Hugh Wilson, 1824) - more commonly used in Australia and New Zealand
  • IRISH (anonymous - 1749) - more commonly used in Ireland and the UK


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O God we give ourselves today
With this pure host to thee,
The self same gift which thy dear Son
Gave once on Calvary.

Entire and whole our life and love
With heart and soul and mind.
For all our sins and faults and needs,
Thy Church and all mankind.

With humble and with contrite heart
This bread and wine we give,
Because thy Son once gave himself
And died that we might live.

Though lowly now, soon by thy word
This bread and wine will be
The very body of our Lord
His soul and deity.

His very body, offered up
A gift beyond all price.
He gives to us, that we may give,
In loving sacrifice.

O Lord, who took our human life,
As water mixed with wine,
Grant through this sacrifice that we
May share thy life divine.

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