Thursday, September 21, 2023

A New Hymn for the Eucharistic Revival by Kathleen Pluth

Two nationally advertised hymn contests were held recently with the aim of making fresh resources available for parishes during this year of the Eucharistic Revival. The competitions, one sponsored by the USCCB and the other by the Archdiocese of Detroit, were judged anonymously and each received scores of entries. In both cases, texts written by Kathleen Pluth ( were selected as the winning hymn. This is the winning hymn in the Detroit contest:

The hymn is Trinitarian in structure: it thanks each of the divine Persons in turn for the gift of the Eucharist:

• the Father for pouring out the Blessed Sacrament upon the earth.
• the Son for staying with us (Luke 24, 29) in this surpassing way.
• the Holy Spirit for sharing with men the priesthood of Jesus Christ.
Throughout, it acknowledges God’s will to raise us into participation in the divine life. Far from reserving His glory to Himself, God gives us everything we need to grow beyond our nature and to share the abundant life of Communion with Him ever more fully.

The hymn’s final doxological verse ends in the beatific vision, an element borrowed from St. Thomas Aquinas’ Adoro te devote, which ends in the same way.

Set here to the familiar tune HYFRYDOL, most often used in the United States for “Alleluia, Sing to Jesus” and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”, the text can be equally well sung to the tunes NETTLETON, HYMN TO JOY, AUSTRIA, or IN BABILONE, according to local needs. The hymn can be copied or reset freely during this Parish Year of Revival (June 11, 2023 to July 21, 2024.) (PDF)

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