Saturday, May 12, 2018

Down in Adoration Falling (Tantum Ergo) by Thomas Aquinas



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Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail,
Lo! o'er ancient forms departing
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, honour, blessing,
Might, and endless majesty.
Amen.

-Thomas Aquinas (1225-74)




"Tantum Ergo" is the incipit of the last two verses of Pange Lingua, a Medieval Latin hymn written by St Thomas Aquinas c. 1264.

Latin
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 abutroque compar sit laudatio. Amen