Bread of Life and Cup of Hope

This is a gentle hymn about the Eucharist.

It was written by American Roman Catholic pastoral musician and composer, Bobby Fisher.

It was first published in 1994 by OCP Publications, and sheet music is still available from them (link below).

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Fisher. This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of Eb, the first few notes of the melody are GE F_ GE D C_ B,B,E F G G_


Image source - public domain



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Examples

Choir with keyboard and sax


Choir with guitar:


Singers with guitar led backing - professional recording


Choir with gentle electronic organ accompaniment - recorded live in a church service:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1. Bread of life and cup of hope, we come as gift to you ...

2. Loving Lord, Creator God, open our eyes to see ...

3. Living Word, O Son of God, your love shows us the way ...

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1. Bread of life and cup of hope,
we come as gift to you.
Change our hearts; fill us with peace.
Transform our lives anew.
Open our eyes so that we might see
your presence in one another.
Your life, poured out in love today,
unites us all in you.

2. Loving Lord, Creator God,
open our eyes to see
the good that lives in each of us,
that called the world to be.
And when we fail to see the good,
when friendships falter and crumble,
give us the courage to forgive
that we may live in peace.

3. Living Word, O Son of God,
your love shows us the way
that we may live in harmony,
and from you never stray.
Wipe all oppression from our midst;
give us a love for all people.
Your song of justice sing in us,
to live for peace today.

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