Sacris solemniis

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Sacris solemniis, attributed to Thomas Aquinas, is one of the hymns for the procession of Corpus Christi. The Liber usualis supplies two melodies. The 6th & 7th verses are often set separately as Panis angelicus.

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Latin.png Latin text

1  Sacris solemniis juncta sint gaudia (inclita gaudiis),
ex precordiis sonent praeconia;
recedant vetera, nova sint omnia,
corda voces et opera.

2  Noctis recolitur coena novissima
qua Christus creditur agnum et azyma
dedissa fratribus, juxta legitima
priscis indulta patribus

3  Post agnum typicum, expletis epulis,
corpus Dominicum datum discipulis
sic totum omnibus, quod totum singulis,
eius fatemur manibus.

4  Dedit fragilibus corporis ferculum,
dedit et tristibus sanguinis poculum,
dicens: accipite quod trado vasculum,
omnes ex eo bibite

5  Sic sacrificium istud instituit,
cuius officium committi voluit
solis Presbyteris, quibus sic congruit,
ut sumant et dent ceteris.

6  Panis angelicus fit panis hominum;
dat panis coelicus figuris terminum.
O res mirabilis! manducat Dominum
pauper, servus et humilis.

7  Te, trina Deitas unaque, poscimus,
sic nos tu visita, sicut te colimus:
per tuas semitas duc nos quo tendimus
ad lucem, quam inhabitas.
 

English.png English translation

1  At this our solemn feast let holy joys abound,
And from the inmost breast let songs of praise resound;
Let ancient rites depart, and all be new around,
in every act, and voice, and heart.

2  Remember we that eve when, the Last Supper spread,
Christ, as we all believe, the Lamb, with leavenless bread,
Among His brethren shared, and thus the Law obeyed,
Of all unto their sire declared.

3  The typic Lamb consumed, the legal feast complete,
The Lord unto the Twelve His body gave to eat;
The whole to all, no less the whole to each did mete
With His own hands, as we confess.

4  He gave them, weak and frail, His flesh, their food to be;
On them, downcast and sad, His blood bestowed He:
And thus to them He spake, "Receive this cup from Me,
And all of you of this partake."

5  So He this sacrifice to institute did will,
And charged His priests alone that office to fulfil:
To them He did confide: to whom it pertains still
To take, and the rest divide.

6  Thus Angels' bread is made the bread of man today:
The living bread from heaven with figures dost away:
O wondrous gift indeed! The poor and lowly may
Upon their Lord and Master feed.

7  Thee, therefore, we implore, O Godhead, One in Three,
So may Thou visit us as we now worship Thee;
And lead us on Thy way, that we at last may see
The light wherein Thou dwellest aye.
Tr. John David Chambers (1805–1893)
 

German.png German translation

Sangbare Übersetzung von Teresia Benedicta vom Kreuz (Edith Stein)

1  Heiliger Feier sei Fröhlichkeit beigesellt,
Tief aus des Herzens Grund töne das Jubellied,
Altes entweiche nun, alles erneue sich,
Herzen, Worte und Werke.

2  Heute gedenken wir des letzten Abendmahls,
Da Christus Lamm und Brot reichte den Jüngern dar,
Treu des Gesetzes Wort, wie es erlassen ward
Einst vom Herrn in der Väter Zeit.

3  Als dann das Lamm verzehrt, das nur ein Vorbild war,
Da ward der Leib des Herrn Speise der Jüngerschar,
Ganz allen insgemein, ganz jedem doch allein,
Seine Hand reichte selbst ihn dar.

4  Gab den Gebrechlichen stärkend den Leib zum Mahl,
Reichte den Traurigen hin seines Blutes Trank,
Sprechend: den Becher nehmt, der euch geboten wird,
Alle nehmet und trinkt daraus.

5  So hat das Opfer Er einst für uns eingeführt,
Das zu verrichten den Priestern allein gebührt,
Ihnen vertraut Er es, daß sie es nehmen selbst
Und es spenden den andern aus.

6  So wird das Engelsbrot Speise den Sterblichen,
Vorbilder alter Zeit weichen dem Himmelsbrot;
O heil'ges Wunderwerk! Es wird der Herr zum Mahl
Knechten, Armen und Niedrigen.

7  Dich flehen, Gottheit wir, dreifaltig-eine, an,
Suche Du so uns heim, wie wir verehrend nah'n;
Auf Deinen Wegen führ' Du uns dem Ziele zu,
Hin zum Lichte, in dem Du wohnst.
 

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