Unless a Grain of Wheat Shall Fall - Farrell

This hymn was written by English Roman Catholic composer, church-musician and social-justice activist (ref) Bernadette Farrell (b 1957).  It is based in John 12:24.

It was originally released in 1983, published by (the predecessor to) OCP Publications.

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Farrell. This has a 3/4 time signature. In the key of Em, the first few notes are B, D_ D A_ A F_ E D_ with accompanying chords D / D7 / Bm / Bm7.


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Choir and cantor, with piano - professional recording set to photographs:



Choir with piano - recorded live in a church service:



Original recording, with slideshow



Singer with piano - on-screen lyrics:



Instrumental - piano:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
Chorus:
Unless a grain of wheat shall fall upon the ground and die,
it remains but a single grain with no life.

1 If we have died with him then we shall live with him ...

2 If anyone serves me then they must follow me ...

3 Make your home in me as I make mine in you ...

4 If you remain in me and my word lives in you ...

5 Those who love me are loved by my Father ...

6 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you ...

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Unless a grain of wheat shall fall upon the ground and die,
it remains but a single grain with no life.

1 If we have died with him then we shall live with him;
if we hold firm, we shall reign with him.

2 If anyone serves me then they must follow me;
wherever I am my servants will be. 

3 Make your home in me as I make mine in you;
those who remain in me bear much fruit.

4 If you remain in me and my word lives in you,
then you will be my disciples. 

5 Those who love me are loved by my Father;
we shall be with them and dwell in them. 

6 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you;
peace which the world cannot give is my gift.

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