Monday, August 13, 2007

Ave Verum Corpus

Our schola chanted the "Ave Verum Corpus" at yesterday's 11:30 mass for the Eucharistic meditative song. Below are the lyrics:

Latin:

Ave verum corpus, natum
De Maria Virgine,
Vere passum, immolatum
In cruce pro homine,
Cujus latus perforatum
Unda fluxit et sanguine,
Esto nobis praegustatum
In mortis examine.

English:

Hail, true body,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Truly suffered, sacrificed
On the Cross for mankind,
Whose pierced side
Flowed with water and blood,
Be for us a foretaste
In the trial of death.

We will sing it again at the upcoming Saturday vigil.

3 comments:

Thos said...

The choir at the famous 4th Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Bethesda, MD, http://www.4thpres.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=18171, sang the Ave Verum Corpus before communion one Sunday. When a choir member explained simple Latin to the church leadership, the meaning of the words was quickly rationalized to make it acceptable. At least it wasn't "praise" music.

TheGodFearinFiddler said...

Something like that would have never flown at my congregation.

Very beautiful song though. I'm glad to hear that Protestants are employing it as well.

Lost Causes said...

golly gosh, we used to sing this at school all the time. it brings back memories....every single holy day of obligation the choir were wheeled out to sing this one. I love it