The Call

Poem by George Herbert, music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. I heard this hymn at the Offertory during a Mass on Saturday at the National Shrine. I can’t think of anything more appropriate to sing before the Eucharist. Here’s a MP3 of a solo version of the song with orchestra.

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life :
Such a Way, as gives us breath :
Such a Truth, as ends all strife :
And such a Life, as killeth death.
Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength :
Such a Light, as shows a feast :
Such a Feast, as mends in length :
Such a Strength, as makes his guest.
Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart :
Such a Joy, as none can move :
Such a Love, as none can part :
Such a Heart, as joyes in love.

God’s Spirit calls us to glorify Him in the celebration of the Eucharist. He gives us the grace to sing a hymn like this and understand the great grace we receive in Communion. We call on Him because His call to us is unceasing and unwavering. It is His love that none can part, and that is the hope of every Christian.

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