O Lord with Wondrous Mystery (O Lord in this Great Mystery)

This Offertory hymn was written by Michael Gannon (b 1927, who may be a Sulpician priest), and set to a tune (meter 86. 86. 88. 86) by Hendrik F. Andriessen (1892-1981). It was first published by World Library Publications in the 1955 People's Daily Mass Book.

Today, an arrangement for 3-part Choir with optional congregation part, C Instrument, and organ can be purchased on-line directly from from WLP  or from Sheet Music Plus

It is included in GIA Publications Catholic Community Hymnal and in the St Michael Hymnal.

In English-as-a-foreign-language situations, it is sometimes presented as "O Lord in this great mystery".



Instrumental - with improvisation


The lyrics are copyright © 1955 so cannot be reproduced here in full. But the hymn has four verses, each with four lines, and rough outline is:

1 O Lord, with wondrous mystery, You take ...

2 Our wheat and drink become our Light, Our altar ....

3 You are the same, our Christ and Lord, who blessed ...

4 This host bears your divinity, this cup ...

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