The Body of the Lord
for SATB Choir, Assembly, optional Cantor, and Piano (2019)
premiered Lent 2019
The Church of St. Peter
Saratoga Springs, NY
Hymn text based on Eucharistic theology of St. Augustine
About The Body of the Lord:
The Body of the Lord (2019) was composed as a reflection on the Eucharistic theology of St. Augustine of Hippo, who suggested that, when we receive the consecrated elements of Bread and Wine, we are to become what we receive, namely, the Body of Christ. The text of the refrain is based on this idea, with the four verses expounding on it further. The piece was composed for use during Lent of 2019 at the Church of St. Peter in Saratoga Springs, NY as a particular thematic focus during the season, but it is intended and suitable for more general use throughout the year. It works particularly well as a Communion Hymn, but can be used during other parts of the liturgy as well, particularly if that liturgy's focus is more specifically Eucharistic.
Click on the title page image above to view a sample score.
Below is a brief audio sample of this hymn sung by me at the piano.