What can we Bring to Offer

This offertory hymn was written by American Roman Catholic priest, teacher, playwright and author Willard F Jabusch (1930-2018).

It was included on the album Songs of the Good News which he recorded with the St Mary of the Lake singers and was released by the ACTA Foundation in 1967 (ref) - this says that the it is based on a Spanish tune.

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Examples


Folk-group with guitar, practise video:



Folk group and congregation with band (live recording, poor sound quality)


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
What can we bring to offer as our gift to you,
O Lord, O God, as our gift to you?
You are full of kindness for your sinful ones(*),
O Lord, O God, for your sinful ones.

Father, all that we have,
Father, comes from your hands.
So we offer you, Jesus, as our holy gift,
O Lord, O God, as your holy gift.

Take then all of our labour, suffering and pain,
O Lord, O God, suffering and pain. Take then
beauty and gladness, heart and mind and will,
O Lord, O God, heart and mind and will.

Bread and wine will be given, humble food and
drink, O Lord, O God, humble food and drink.
Symbols of human labour, symbols of ourselves,
O Lord, O God, symbols of ourselves.


(*)  the original lyrics had "sons" here.

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What can we bring to offer as our gift to you,
O Lord, O God, as our gift to you?
You are full of kindness for your sinful sons,
O Lord, O God, for your sinful sons.

Father, all that we have,
Father, comes from your hands.
So we offer you, Jesus, as our holy gift,
O Lord, O God, as your holy gift.

Take then all of our labour, suffering and pain,
O Lord, O God, suffering and pain. Take then
beauty and gladness, heart and mind and will,
O Lord, O God, heart and mind and will.

Bread and wine will be given, humble food and
drink, O Lord, O God, humble food and drink.
Symbols of human labour, symbols of ourselves,
O Lord, O God, symbols of ourselves.

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