Hymn Story: Bread of the world in mercy broken

Bread of the world in mercy broken is a communion song.

The hymn was written by Reginald Heber. Heber was born in 1783 to a wealthy, educated family. He became rector of his father’s church in the village of Hodnet in the west of England. He remained there for sixteen years and was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823. He wrote fifty-seven hymns including “Holy, Holy, Holy”. He died of a stroke in 1826.

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