See us Lord about Your Altar

This hymn about the Eucharist is attributed to J Greally SJ, and based on 1 Corinthians 12.  The original text was "See us Lord about Thine Altar"

With meter 8.7.8.7, tunes it has been set to include:
  • DRAKES BROUGHTON by Edward Elgar

Hymnals that it is published in include
  • The People's Mass Book, 1970
  • Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II - 1999
  • Catholic Book of Worship II, Canadian Bishops, 1980
  • The Veritas Hymnal, 1972

However the hymn (or at least some verses) are no longer used in some Roman Catholic churches because of concerns about how the lyrics may be understood.


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See us, Lord about your altar,
Though so many we are one;
Many souls by love united
In the heart of Christ, your Son.

Hear our prayers, O loving Father,
Hear in them your Son our Lord;
Hear him speak our love and worship
As we sing with one accord.

Once were seen the blood and water:
Now are seen but bread and wine;
Once in human form he suffered,
Now his form is but a sign.

Wheat and grape contain the meaning:
Food and drink he is to all;
One in him, we kneel adoring,
Gathered by his loving call.

Hear us yet: so much is needful
In our frail, disordered life;
Stay with us and tend our weakness
Till that day of no more strife.

Members of his Mystic Body
Now we know our prayer is heard,
Heard by you because your children
Have received the eternal Word.

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