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Panis Angelicus

Panis angelicus
fit panis hominum;
Dat panis caelicus
figuris terminum:
O res mirabilis!
manducat Dominum
Pauper, servus, et humilis.
Te trina Deitas
unaque poscimus:
Sic nos tu visita,
sicut te colimus;
Per tuas semitas
duc nos quo tendimus,
Ad lucem quam inhabitas.
Amen.

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"The Bread of Angels" - this is often used as a Benediction hymn, for obvious reasons. It directs us to contemplate the great mystery of becoming one with Jesus Himself whenever we receive Him. God Himself becomes our nourishment! It then proceeds to ask Jesus for the grace to save our souls, so that we can join the citizens of Heaven, seeing Him forever in "the light in which Thou dwellest".

This is taken from "Sacris Solemniis", written by St. Thomas Aquinas before the year 1274. It is the Matins hymn for Corpus Christi, the great feast of the Body of Christ when the Church turns our attention to the great Gift of the Eucharist. Jesus gave us this precious Gift of Himself so that He might always be with us.

There are many melodies for this hymn, both Chant and modern. There are at least 3 Chant melodies, 2 modern melodies, and probably many more for this hymn. Whatever the melody, it is a beautiful hymn, worthy of the great Saint Thomas Aquinas -- the Common Doctor of the Church.


This is found on the following CD(s): Chant Compendium 1, and Chant Compendium 2.

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