April 12, 2001
volume 12, no. 102

O Salutaris et Tantum ergo

    On this great day marking the anniversary of the establishment of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God truly present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, we feature the short but all powerful and inspirational Hymns "O Salutaris" and "Tantum ergo" by the Angelic Doctor Saint Thomas Aquinas in both the Latin and English as sung at every Exposition of the Holy Eucharist.

Quae coeli pandis ostium!
Bella premunt hostilia;
Da robur, fer auxilium.

Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria!
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.

TANTUM ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui,
Et antiquum documentum
novo cedat ritui,
Praestat fides supplementum,
Sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Procendenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.

Panem de Coelo praestitisti eis.

Omne delectamentum in Se habentem.

Deus, qui nobis sub Sacramento mirabili,
passiones tuae memoriam reliquisti:
tribue, quaesumus, ita nos
Corporis et Sanquinis tui sacra
mysteria venerari, ut Redemptionis
tuae fructum in nobis jugiter sentiamus.
Qui vivis et regnas
in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

O SAVING Victim, opening wide
The gate of Heav'n to man below!
Our foes press on from every side;
Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.

To Thy great name be endless praise,
Immortal Godhead, One in Three!
O, grant us endless length of days
In our true native land with Thee.

Down in adoration falling
This great Sacrament we hail;
O'er ancient forms of worship
Newer rites of grace prevail:
Faith for all defects supplying
Where the feeble senses fail.

To the Everlasting Father,
And the Son Who reigns on high,
With the Holy Ghost proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor blessing,
Might and endless Majesty. Amen.

Thou didst give them Bread from Heaven.

Containing in Itself all sweetness.

Let us pray
O God, Who, under a wonderful Sacrament,
hast left us a memorial of Thy passion;
grant us, we beseech Thee,
so to venerate the sacred mysteries
of Thy Body and Blood,
that we may ever feel within us
the fruit of Thy Redemption.
Who livest and reignest,
world without end. Amen.

* - Indulgence of 5 years, if these two strophes with versicle and response are devoutly recited. Plenary, on the usual condition, if recited devoutly every day for a month.

April 12, 2001
volume 12, no. 103
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