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Give me your Body, O Christ

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This hymn to our Lord Jesus Christ is one of a number of such spiritual songs that were at one time sung at Holy Communion.

Note: According to the directives of our bishops, hymns which are not liturgical or Scriptural texts should not be sung during the Divine Liturgy (though they may be sung before or afterwards). This hymn is one of a SMALL number which may by exception be sung at Holy Communion, since it is versification of the liturgical communon hymn of Pascha ("Receive the Body of Christ, taste the source of immortality"). Therefore, it has been included as one of the hymns for Holy Communion at the back of the MCI booklet for Vespers with Divine Liturgy on Great and Holy Thursday. Consult your pastor before using.

For the Slavonic version, see T’ilo Christove prijmu.

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Two verses with music were included on page H-2 of the 1970 collection, Byzantine Liturgical Chant, as the first of nine hymns for Holy Communion. The English translation was credited to Fr. Ernest Dunda.

Fr. William Levkulic printed English and Slavonic versions (text only) on page 153 of his The Divine Liturgy: A Book of Prayer (1978).