Whoever Eats this Bread

Whoever Eats This Bread is by composer and consultant Eric Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute. It is an excellent example of a notated composition found in a hymnal that can be easily adapted for paperless singing.

Commonly used during the Distribution of Elements within a eucharistic liturgy (the time when the bread and wine are shared), the antiphon/antiphon can be taught through call and echo patterns. Once confident, it can be sung as a three-part canon; secondary canons can also be added on the verses.

The piece can be sung a cappella or accompanied by an ostinato chord progression played by a keyboard instrument or guitar.

Whoever eats this bread will live for ever.

1. This is the true bread
which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world. Antiphon

2. Whoever believes in me
shall not hunger or thirst,
for the bread which I give
for the life of the world is my flesh. Antiphon

Copyright for the piece is held by Church Publishing, Inc. If you don't have copies of The Episcopal Hymnal or Wonder, Love, and Praise in your communityyou'll need a OneLicense membership to print the text or music.

Sheet music can be found in The Episcopal Hymnal #S170, as well as in the supplemental hymnal Wonder, Love, and Praise. It is also available for purchase here.

Here is a recording of Eric Law teaching the piece at our Music that Makes Community workshop in Los Angeles in October 2008.

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