Christ is the heavenly food that gives
Christ is the heavenly food that gives. Timothy Rees* (1874-1939).
This hymn for Holy Communion was first published in The Mirfield Mission Hymn-Book (Mirfield, 1922) with the first line ‘Christ is the Sacrifice we plead’, in three 8-line stanzas with a refrain, and subsequently in John Lambert Rees’s Sermons and Hymns by Timothy Rees, Bishop of Llandaff (1946). Stanza 1 was as follows in 1922:
Christ is the Sacrifice we plead Before th’eternal Throne;His Cross alone can cancel guilt And for our sins atone.We shelter ’neath that Sacrifice In every hour of need;And at the Altar bending low That Sacrifice we plead.
Beneath the veil of bread and wine Our Lord Who reigns aboveIs...
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