I wrote:I'm trying to think of other liturgical texts or sacred songs that use the word 'wine' in connection with Our Lord's presence in the Eucharistic species. I can't think of any - any suggestions?
I came across an answer to my question, in the form of the tract from the Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament, which runs Venite comedite panem meum, et bibite vinum quod miscui vobis - Come and eat my bread, and drink the wine which I have mingled for you. The text is from Proverbs, but in this context it's unambiguously applicable to the Eucharistic species. There's a fairly straightforward setting by Byrd in the Gradualia, which will do nicely as a general-purpose Communion piece.
I think it means having to be more accepting of Bernadette Farrell's texts where she does the same:
- Hear our prayer, through this bread and wine we share
Bread for the world: a world of hunger. Wine for all peoples: people who thirst.
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the wine of peace, poured into hearts once broken and where dryness sleeps.
(Not sure I like the sleeping dryness, mind you. Are we suppose to feel that sleeping wetness is better, or that the dryness is OK once it wakes up? But it's easy to poke fun, and BF has written some very fine songs.)