Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HWP: Bone Pastor, Panis Vere

As we continue in this month dedicated to the Most Holy Eucharist, we continue to look at the great treasury of prayers that are written in connection with that Blessed Sacrament. I found this week a beautiful poetic prayer from the old Roman Missal, #140 in the 1957 Raccolta book of Indulgences, which is not so mach a prayer about the Eucharist as much as to the Eucharistic Lord Himself, our 'Very Bread' from Heaven. Do enjoy!

Very Bread, good Shepherd, tend us,
Jesu, of Thy love befriend us, 
Thou refresh us, Thou defend us, 
Thine eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see.
Thou Who all things canst and knowest,
Who on dart such food bestows,
Grant us with Thy Saints, though lowest,
Where the heavenly feast Thou she west, 
Fellow-heirs and guests to be.