Das Weizenkorn muss sterben

"Das Weizenkorn muss sterben"
Christian hymn (poem)
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Lothar Zenetti in his parish church St. Wendel, Frankfurt, in 1978
EnglishThe grain of wheat must die
Written1971 (1971)
Textby Lothar Zenetti
LanguageGerman
Based onThe Grain of Wheat
Meter7 6 7 6 6 6
Melodyby Johann Lauermann
Composed1972 (1972)
Published1975 (1975)

"Das Weizenkorn muss sterben" (The grain of wheat must die) is a poem by Lothar Zenetti, based on The Grain of Wheat. With a 1972 melody by Johann Lauermann, it became a Christian hymn of the genre Neues Geistliches Lied (NGL), appearing from 1975 in German hymnals. It is popular, and is regarded as Zenetti's signature work.

History

Zenetti wrote the text in 1971, based on the biblical parable of The Grain of Wheat.[1][2][3] With a 1972 melody by Johann Lauermann, it was included in the German Catholic hymnal Gotteslob of 1975 as GL 620,[4] and in the 2013 edition as GL 210, designated as a song for communion or as thanks for communion.[5] It was also printed in the Protestant hymnal of 1995 Evangelisches Gesangbuch, as EG 579,[3] and in other songbooks.[6] It is popular, and is regarded as Zenetti's signature work.[1][7] The text was printed again in 2016 as part of a book Wie ein Traum, a collection of texts by Zenetti.[8]

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