O Bread of Heaven [Song]

We owe this beautiful and popular hymn to St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696 – 1787) who wrote it in Italian as ‘O Pane del Cielo’. The English translation was made by Rev. Fr E. Vaughan, CSsR and set to a tune attributed to H.F. Henry, quite different from the lilt of the original Italian melody composed by the saint himself.

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O Bread of Heaven, beneath this veil
thou dost my very God conceal;
my Jesus, dearest treasure, hail;
I love thee and adoring kneel;
each loving soul by thee is fed
with thine own self in form of bread.

O bond of love, that dost unite
the servant to his living Lord;
could I dare live, and not requite
such love then death were meet reward:
I cannot live unless to prove
some love for such unmeasured love.

Words by St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696 – 1787) , Tr. by Rev. Fr E. Vaughan, CSsR
Melody by H.F. Henry, Arr. by Craig McLeish
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What’s your story? Has this song has been part of your soundtrack of faith, or have you encountered it in a liturgy or at an event recently? Please leave a comment below…

One thought on “O Bread of Heaven [Song]

  1. I saw the song in a hymn book and heard it on the videos on devotional music. It is a very beautiful song and I will teach it to the church choir of my parish -Sacred Heart Parish of Mount Frere in South Africa as I am the church choir master. It is truly a devotional song that makes one to only contemplate and meditate about God and his wonders. Anyone who sings or hears the song will indeed be blessed not only by the nice melody but also by the carefully chosen words of praise of Jesus as the bread of life and of heaven.

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