10 Jun 2012

Verbum Supernum Prodiens (including O Salutaris Hostia)

From Catholic Culture:

For the Lauds of Corpus Christi, St Thomas Aquinas wrote the hymn Verbum Supernum Prodiens (The Divine Word coming forth). The last stanza preceding the customary conclusion in praise of the Trinity has become a favorite song and prayer in itself:
O salutaris hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium,
Bella praemunt hostilia:
Da robur, fer auxilium.

O saving host, O bread of life,
Thou goal of rest from pain and strife,
Embattled are we, poor and weak:
Grant us the strength and help we seek

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