Christ Has No Body Now but Yours

Ephrem Feeley

Text Author: St. Teresa of Avila

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Vocal Forces: SAB

Accompaniment: Piano

Separate Instruments: Oboe

Series: Choral

Difficulty Level: E/M


This reflective piece for choir uses the translation of a quote often attributed to Teresa of Ávila, but more likely dating to the mid-19th century. The recurring theme in the text of Christ having “no body now but yours” does not diminish the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but reinforces the belief that, by partaking of the Body of Christ, we become his body and so make him present to others through our action in the world. This gentle piece can also be sung as a solo piece, with unison choir, or even by the assembly once they have become familiar with it. Haunting and beautiful.

Categories: Choral/Vocal

Liturgical: Ascension, OT 15 C

Rites: Commissioning of Ministers, Mission Sending, Ordination / Holy Orders, Religious Profession

Topical: Ministry

Scored for: Woodwinds

Number of Pages: 8

Language: English

Format: Octavo