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Our Lord Jesus Proved God's Love

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The Song

The text of this song is of unknown origin. The style suggests Roman Catholic charismatic communities or Cursillo Communities as possible birthplaces. It integrates the institution of the Lord's Supper (as found in the Synoptic Gospels) with the washing of feet (as found in the Gospel according to St. John). It also adds Jesus' teachings on community life (Matthew 18:19-29, Matthew 23:1-12, Luke. 22:24-27).

The music was written by the famous preacher and hymn writer Charles Albert Tindley, It was written to accompany his hymn By and By (We Are Often Tossed and driven). There are many variations of the melody in existence. The version used in Cantometodista.com follows the one published in Mil voces para celebrar for the verses and the rhythmic pattern used in Oramos cantando/ We Pray in Song for the refrain, in order to facilitate the bilingual use of this song .

Mary Louise Bringle's English translation is provided here for your reveiw with the permission of G.I.A. Publications, Inc. For permission to reproduce the English translation, go to OneLicense.net for information and licensing.

Refrain: "This is my body, take and eat. This is my precious blood, take and drink. For I am the Resurrection and the Life. Those who live and love in me will never die."

1. Christ our Lord has loved us more than all love we’ve known before, and he guides us like a light-house through a night of raging storm. When we join in faith to eat, he becomes the Host we greet in the Bread of Life, the Bread of Unity.

(Refrain)

2. Christ our Lord has loved us more than all love we've known before, with a love so great it led him to his death upon the cross. Such as love inspires belief stronger still than death and grief. After three days he arises from the grave.

(Refrain)

3. Christ our Lord has loved us more than all love we’ve known before, from the cross, our Savior offers us his own abundant life. Spirit-blessed we are born as the Body of our Lord, and no pow’r can separate us from his love.

(Refrain)

4. Christ our Lord has loved us more than all love we’ve known before,"And where two or three are gathered in the Spirit of my love, when you join your hearts to pray, I am in your midst that day." Hear the faithful promise spoken by our Lord.

(Refrain)

5. Christ our Lord has loved us more than all love we’ve known before: "For the first among you shall become the lowliest of all. As I kneel to wash your feet, serve all others whom you meet, acting always in the mem'ry of my love."

(Refrain)

6. Christ our Lord has loved us more than all love we’ve known before, "All the hungry and the parching shall be filled and satisfied. Like the manna God dispersed, Living Waters quenching thirst: I shall dwell within your hearts forevermore."

Text: Mary Louise Bringle © 2005, GIA Publications, Inc. Used by permission.


The Prayer

This song is appropriate for the celebration of the sacrament of Holy Communion particularly during the distribution of the elements.

If your congregation is blessed with multiple instruments, consider switching to a simpler instrumentation for this song. This will allow for the devotional aspect of the text to come forth.

When using this hymn during the distribution of the elements, consider engaging soloists to sing the verses. Thus, the congregation may sing the simple words of the refrain without using books or bulletins and may also benefit from time to be in meditation during the verses.

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