Bread Of Life Songs: All Who Hunger

Eucharistic Bread

New faith community means new music I hadn’t previously known. We are out of the Bread of Life Sundays but coming up in a few weeks at the parish is Bob Moore’s setting of the Sylvia Dunstan text “All Who Hunger.” The names I’ve seen and the music and texts, too. But this combination which goes back to Gather Comprehensive 2 was new to me. It has quickly become one of my favorite new songs of 2021. There’s a competent piano/singer version here

Some other links: a brief GIA bio of the hymnwriter and one from the composer’s website. The text is more often matched with the tune Holy Manna, especially in Protestant resources. There are also more musical versions of that on YouTube than Bob Moore’s setting. But Mr Moore’s version seems tailor made for the text.

The standout line for me the last time we sang it: All who hunger, never strangers; seeker, be a welcome guest. The suggestion of Psalm 34’s “Taste and See” anchors the piece in the Psalter.

Mostly, I favor settings of Scripture, even for the Communion procession. It doesn’t always have to be Psalm 34 or 78 or 145. Beatitudes, Magnificat, New Testament canticles–these work too. This may be one of the rare original compositions I favor during the distribution of the Eucharist.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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