Tantum ergo sacramentum

Tantum ergo sacramentum. Thomas Aquinas* ca. 1224/5-1274).  This two-stanza hymn consists of stanzas 5 and 6 of the great hymn by Aquinas, ‘Pange lingua gloriosi Corporis mysterium’* (cf. The similar use of ‘O salutaris Hostia’* taken from ‘Verbum supernum prodiens, nec Patris linquens dexteram’*). It is sung in the office of the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, or during Mass at the Elevation of the Host (JJ, p. 878): Tantum ergo sacramentum  veneremur cernui:et antiquum documentum  novo cedat ritui:praestet fides supplementum  sensuum defectui. Genitori, Genitoque laus et jubilatio,salus, honor, virtus quoque sit et benedictio:procedenti ab utroque compar sit...

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