Thursday, March 02, 2023

A communion hymn

271 L. M.
Figure and means of saving grace.

AUTHOR of our salvation, thee,
   With lowly, thankful hearts, we praise;
   Author of this great ’mystery,—
   Figure and means of saving grace.

2 The sacred, true, effectual sign,
   Thy body and thy blood it shows;
   The glorious instrument divine,
   Thy mercy and thy strength bestows.

3 We see the blood that seals our peace;
   Thy pard’ning mercy we receive;
   The bread doth visibly express
   The strength through which our spirits live.

4 Our spirits drink a fresh supply,
   And eat the bread so freely given,
   Till, borne on eagles’ wings, we fly,
   And banquet with our Lord in heaven.
                  Charles Wesley
                  Methodist Episcopal hymnal (1870 edition)

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