Five thousand people near Galilee’s lake
ate bread and fish that Jesus had given;
then on the morrow, Jesus proclaimed:
he was the bread from heaven.
Take and eat, this is indeed my flesh,
take and drink, this is indeed my blood;
what I have done, now you too must do;
all to remember me.
If you my people eat of this bread,
you shall have life that never will end;
this bread, my flesh I give to the world,
life of its soul I tend.
Many disciples left Jesus’ side,
would not believe the truth they had heard;
but the apostles with Peter’s faith,
stood by our Lord’s own word.
Paul the apostle wrote that the Lord,
took bread and wine, gave thanks, then he said:
“Take, eat and drink my body and blood,
in remembrance of me.”
Jesus, good Lord, we trust in your word,
and in the Mass we use bread and wine;
then with your words, your body and blood,
fill us with life divine.