Gift of Finest Wheat

I want us to sing this next Sunday as we are in the right liturgies for it. Tina asked for it a few weeks ago and Chris’s church did it this week so I thought I’d have a listen.  Although written in the twentieth century it has “Olde English” folk song sound to me. The text is by Omar Westendorf and the tune is “Bicentennial” by Robert E Kreutz.  I found it in Gather Australia at number 191. You can buy it from OCP here.

You can hear a pleasant version here. This is a version on organ.

My version is lots of guitar on BIAB.

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You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat,
come give to us o saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.
verse 1 
As when the shepherd calls his sheep, they know and heed his voice;
so when You call your family Lord, we follow and rejoice.
verse 2 
With joyful lips we sing to You, our praise and gratitude,
that You should count us worthy Lord, to share this heavenly food.
verse 3 
The mystery of your presence Lord, no mortal tongue can tell;
whom all the world cannot contain comes in our hearts to dwell.
verse 4 
You give yourself to us o Lord, then selfless let us be,
to serve each other in Your name in truth and charity.

© Archdiocese of Philadelphia, 1997.


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9 Responses to Gift of Finest Wheat

  1. Chris says:

    We only got through 1 verse (verse 1) this morning which was sad since verse 2 (which we thought we could of got to) had appropriate words.

  2. Tina Quist says:

    Thanks for this song and all the others I have requested. It has been a big help for me to learn them for my church choir.
    Many Thanks

  3. admin says:

    We sang this at Mass for the first time today and got through the whole song.

    Our group listened to the backing through once and after that were able to sing it with just my guitar for backing and they did a fine job.

  4. Chris says:

    Great to hear you and your music group did a fine job. I did this in the key of C on the weekend (usually in D) and it was not too low and sounded fine. Just a suggestion if find it too high in D.

    • admin says:

      I left it in D but then again my wife and daughter were singing and I was just concentrating on the guitar part. I suspect it would indeed go better in C as you suggest.

    • James Leon Mahan says:

      I would like to have a copy in “C” the flats are hard to play in the orig key.
      James Leon Mahan
      P.O. Box 1907
      Corbin, KY 40701

      If you have a copy I would really appreciate it! Thanks! JLM

      • Chris says:

        What key are you playing it in. In ‘D’, you would be playing it with sharps. Regarding a ‘C’ copy, I transposed it on the organ (organ can transpose in semi-tones/tones)

  5. Frankie Little says:

    Enjoyed listening to this music/song

  6. ChimeBoxPullaChord says:

    Deee, deee, deee, deeee, dah, dooo, deee, dah, wit’ gifts wit’ lotsa’ heat.
    Come dah, dah, dee, dah, nee, nee, nee, ding-dong, a ring-y-dingy.

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