Bread of the World

Bread of the World (Anthem for SATB chorus, solo SATB quartet and organ) is a setting of a two-stanza hymn text by the British writer and clergyman, Reginald Heber (1783-1826). My anthem is dedicated to John Cummins and the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir (Winston-Salem, North Carolina).

Oxford educated, Reginald Heber was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823. Until his untimely death only three years into his service in India at the age of 43, Bishop Heber began a number of schools and consecrated many churches there. The author of many hymns, he is perhaps best remembered for his enduring Trinitarian hymn, Holy, Holy Holy.

Huber’s Eucharistic hymn text, Bread of the World, is based on scripture from John 6:33-35 and Romans 6:11. It was published posthumously in an 1827 volume, Hymns written and adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year and was subtitled “Before the Sacrament.” (Source: Hymnary.org)

My anthem based on Bishop Heber’s words was first sketched in 2021, but not completed until March 2024. Set for full SATB chorus and underpinned by a simple organ accompaniment, the element of an antiphonal solo quartet adds sonic richness to Reginald Heber’s meaningful words.

Dan Locklair
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Duration : ca. 3’

Bread of the World, In Mercy Broken

Bread of the world, in mercy broken,
Wine of the soul, in mercy shed,
By whom the words of life were spoken,
And in Whose death our sins are dead.

Look on the heart by sorrow broken,
Look on the tears by sinners shed;
And be Thy feast to us the token,
That by Thy grace our souls are fed.
Reginald Heber