This perfect little communion hymn is an English adaptation of the Latin Text, Anima Christi, attributed to Pope John Paul XXIII (1249-1334). It tell us of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Soul of my Saviour sanctify my breast,
Body of Christ, be thou my saving guest,
Blood of my Saviour, bathe me in thy tide,
wash me with water flowing from thy side.
Strength and protection may thy passion be,
O blessed Jesus, hear and answer me;
deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me,
so shall I never, never part from thee.
Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
in death’s dread moments make me only thine;
call me and bid me come to thee on high
where I may praise thee with thy saints for ay
Words and Melody Ascribed to Pope John Paul XXIII (1249-1334)
(English translation of “Anima Christi”)
Trad arr. McLeish, Boyce & Stanley © 1997 CJM MUSIC 2007
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