by Aegidius Albertinus (1560 - 1620)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

In der Zeit: Sprach der Herr Jesus zu...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
In der Zeit: Sprach der Herr Jesus zu den Schaaren der Juden:
Mein Fleisch ist wahrhaftig eine Speiß,
[und]1 mein Blut ist wahrhaftig ein Trank.
Wer mein Fleisch [isset]2, und trinket mein Blut,
der bleibt in mir, und ich in ihm.
Wie mich gesandt [hat]1 der lebendige Vater,
und ich lebe um des Vaters willen:
Also, [der]3 mich isset, [derselbige]1 wird auch leben um meinet willen.
Dieses ist das Brod, das vom Himmel [kommen] ist.
Nicht wie eure Väter haben Himmelbrod gegessen, und sind gestorben. 
Wer von diesem Brot [isset]5, der wird leben in Ewigkeit.

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Confirmed with Evangelien, sammt den Episteln oder Lectionen auf alle Sonn- und Feyertage des ganzen Jahres. [...] Linz, gedruckt und verlegt bey Joseph Kastner, k. k. privil. Buchdrucker und Buchhändler. 1817, pages 358-359.

Note: This text originates from the postil in German language by Aegidius Albertinus, first printed in 1616, see below. It is based on the Gospel according to St. John, 6:53-58, and is contained in the Gospel pericope for the Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi.

1 omitted by Schubert
2 Evangelien 1817: "ißt", but compare with lines 8 and 11
3 Schubert: "wer"
4 Evangelien 1817: "gekommen"
5 Schubert: "ißt", but compare with lines 4 and 8


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Evangeli segons Joan", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , "Evangelie van Johannes", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "The Gospel of John (John 6:53-8)", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Évangile selon Saint Jean", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 11
Word count: 95

The Gospel of John (John 6:53‑8)
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In those days the Lord Jesus spoke to the multitude of the Jews:
“For my flesh is meat indeed,
[and] my blood is drink indeed!
Whosoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood,
dwells in me and I in him.
As I have been sent by the living Father,
and I live through the Father’s will:
therefore he who eats me, even he shall live by my will.
This is that bread, which comes from heaven.
Unlike your fathers, who ate manna, and have passed away,
Whosoever eats this bread, he will live forever.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-29
Line count: 11
Word count: 94