Monday, January 28, 2013
St Thomas Aquinas
This morning due to the ice, we had a communion service. This is only the second time I can remember in 11 years, having a communion service instead of Mass. We were able to sing the English version of some of St. Thomas Aquinas's hymns. I also can't remember singing the English versions. The words just jumped out at me, so I thought that you might like a translation of one of his hymns.
Pange, lingua, gloriosi
Quem in mundi pretium,
Fructus ventris generosi,
Rex effudit gentium.
Nobis datus, nobis natus
Ex intacta Virgine,
Et in mundo conversatus,
Sparso verbi semine
Sui moras incolatus
Miro clausit ordine.
In supremae nocte coenae
Recumbens cum fratribus,
Observata lege plene
Cibis in legalibus,
Cibum turbae duodenae
Se dat suis manibus
Verbum caro panem verum
Verbo carnem efficit;
Fit sanguis Christi merum.
Et si sensus deficit,
Ad firmandum cor sincerum
Sola fides sufficit.
Tantum ergo sacramentum
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui.
Praestet fides supplementum
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio.
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.
Acclaim, my tongue, this mystery
Of glorious Body and precious Blood
Which the King of nations shed for us
A noble womb's sole fruitful bud.
Given and born from a Virgin pure,
Having made this world His dwelling place,
When the seeds of His words were sown afar
He ended His stay in wondrous grace.
With brethren reclining at that last meal,
He observes in full what the Law demands,
Then gives Himself as food instead
To apostles twelve with His own hands.
The Word in Flesh makes true bread flesh,
The Blood of Christ then comes from wine.
Though senses fail to see this truth,
Faith will make pure hearts incline.
So great a sacrament, therefore,
Let us revere while kneeling down.
Let old laws yield to this new rite.
Let faith, not sense, conviction ground.
Praise and jubilation to the Father;
Honor, virtue, blessing to the Son;
And to the One Who proceeds from both
In equal measure may praise be sung.
God bless! and stay warm....