Happy in the Presence

Statue of a concrete Jesus talking to childrem.  Happy in the presence of the Lord. We come and sing our praise to Lord Jesus, Happy in the presence of the Lord. We come and sing our praise to Lord of all. 1 Come and share the bread of life, Bread that will feed us, help us and protect us, Come and share the stories of old, Stories of Jesus, his work and his world. 2 Come and share the mem’ries we’ve had, Happy days, sad days, days full of joy, Come to tell the Lord that we love We’ll live the life he told us to live.
This children's hymn was written by Irish Roman Catholic composer and liturgical musician  Bernard Sexton, for use in the Alive-O religious education programme which was commissioned by the Irish Episcopal Conference.

It is intended for First Communion celebrations, and does not appear to have been published in any mainstream hymnals, or receive much use outside of Ireland.

Sheet music is available in Music to Honour God's Name.

The song is set to an unnamed tune composed by Sexton. This has a 2/2 time signature. In the key of E, the first few notes of the melody are GG GG BB BB E_.



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Examples


Children's choir - original recording:



Instrumental, electronic keyboard:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
Chorus:
Happy in the presence of the Lord.
We come and sing our praise to Lord Jesus,
Happy in the presence of the Lord.
We come and sing our praise to the Lord of all.

1 Come and share the bread of life ...

2 Come and share the mem’ries we’ve had ...


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