“I AM the bread of life”
Serving millions in song
A song that has become an endearing hymn for countless of Christians, most especially Roman Catholics during the Communion Rite at Mass, John Michael Talbot, the author or this most beautiful communion hymn has brought to life the deep understanding of combining music with a sacrament that is so precious to those who are called to receive Christ in this most illustrious Blessed Sacrament.
However, there is more to this song than a sweet melody, there is a very deep spiritual sense of being raised up on the last day. Through my broken body you will live forever. Nowhere else are words put together that are inspiring enough to entice Catholics to fill that desire to seek the real Body and Blood of Christ in sacramental communion. They say that singing is to pray twice and this prayer is invigorating enough to seek these words in a solitude of peacefulness.
That is why we should always be open to the beauty of our celebration with all the ritual and grace that the Church has established through the two equal parts of the Mass; the liturgy of the word and the liturgy of the Eucharist. Each one compliments the other and the music sustains the beauty and significance of each other. Without the complement of each one the Mass appears to be missing something. All three, the word, the Eucharist, and the music which connects all three together it is like a stage play that forgot the main theme of the show.
When we sing, the voices of the entire congregation make up a very perfect sound to God and the ears of the heavenly kingdom can rejoice in the music adoring him who established a Church for his pleasure. Remember “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Prayer, especially the Holy Mass is the greatest prayer reaching to the throne of God
Ralph B. Hathaway