Nimm Oh Herr Die Gaben Die Wir Bringen: A German Hymn Based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Melody
Nimm Oh Herr Die Gaben Die Wir Bringen (Take, O Lord, the Gifts That We Bring) is a German hymn that uses the melody of \"Pie Jesu\" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem (1970). The hymn is a prayer of thanksgiving and consecration for the bread and wine of the Eucharist. It was first published in the Catholic hymnal Gotteslob (God's Praise) in 1975 and has since been included in various other hymnals and songbooks.
The lyrics of the hymn are attributed to an anonymous author and consist of two verses. The first verse asks God to accept and bless the gifts that the faithful offer to him. The second verse expresses the desire to become his disciples and to receive eternal life through the bread that he gives. The refrain repeats the first line of each verse with slight variations.
The melody of the hymn is adapted from \"Pie Jesu\" (Merciful Jesus), a part of Webber's Requiem that features a soprano soloist and a choir. The Requiem is a musical setting of the Latin Mass for the dead, composed in memory of Webber's father who died in 1982. \"Pie Jesu\" is one of the most popular and widely performed pieces from the Requiem, and has been recorded by many singers such as Sarah Brightman, Charlotte Church, Jackie Evancho, and Hayley Westenra.
The hymn can be sung by a choir or a congregation, accompanied by an organ or a piano. The sheet music for the hymn can be found in PDF format online[^1^] [^2^] [^3^]. The hymn is suitable for occasions such as communion, thanksgiving, or funeral services.
The text of the hymn was written by Raymund Weber in 2009. Weber is a German priest and theologian who has authored several books and articles on liturgy, spirituality, and pastoral theology. He has also composed and edited many hymns and songs for the Catholic Church.[^1^]
The hymn is based on the biblical theme of offering gifts to God as a sign of gratitude and worship. The gifts of bread and wine represent not only the fruits of the earth and human labor, but also the lives and hearts of the faithful who participate in the Eucharist. The hymn expresses the hope that God will accept these gifts and transform them into his body and blood, as well as the people who receive them into his disciples and friends.[^2^]
The hymn is included in the 2013 edition of Gotteslob (God's Praise), the official hymnal of the Catholic Church in Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland. It is numbered 188 and assigned to the section \"Eucharistiefeier\" (Eucharistic Celebration). The hymn can also be found in other songbooks and collections of Neues Geistliches Lied (New Spiritual Song), a genre of contemporary Christian music that emerged in Germany in the 1960s and 1970s. aa16f39245