Pan de vida (Bread of life)

Pan de vida (Bread of life). Bob Hurd* (1950– ) and Pia Moriarty (1948– ).  This eucharistic hymn is the best-known composition by Bob Hurd and his wife Pia Moriarty. Composed in 1988, it appeared initially in the first edition of Flor y Canto* (Portland, Oregon, 1989) and subsequently in most Catholic hymnals published in the United States.  The song, one of the first bilingual worship songs, was composed while Bob Hurd was living in Guatemala. During this time, he was searching for songs that were not translations of an English- or Spanish-language text into the other language but which encouraged the singers to cross over and sing both languages. The composer’s purpose was to ‘write...

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