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I Am the Bread of Life That Feeds All the World

Ephrem Feeley

Text Author: James Quinn

“Come, Christ's beloved” Words © 1969, 1994 James Quinn, SJ. Publ. by OCP. Refrain and Music © 2018 GIA.

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Vocal Forces: SATB, Cantor, Assembly

Accompaniment: Keyboard

Instrumental parts included: Violin

Text Source: Vv.: James Quinn, SJ, 1919–2010; Ref.: Ephrem Feeley

Series: Choral

Difficulty Level: E/M


In the Gospel of John, there are a number of times when Jesus uses the statement “I Am,” which his followers would have automatically linked to the divine Name. Some of these statements—Christ as the Bread of Life, the Gateway, the Light of the World—are referenced in Quinn’s text, as well as the Alpha and Omega, which is found three times in Revelation. A few of these statements also appear in the refrain. The verses may be sung by a cantor or the choir. There are a number of musically effective ways to use this piece in liturgy: with the full choir, as written; simply, with cantor and assembly; or with a two-part refrain, using only the soprano and tenor lines.

Categories: Choral/Vocal

Liturgical: OT 18 B

Rites: Eucharist

Topical: Cross, Eternal Life, Kingdom of God, Paschal Mystery

Scored for: Strings

Number of Pages: 8

Language: English

Format: Octavo