Saturday, October 13, 2012

O sacrum convivium V (T.L. de Victoria)

O sacrum convivium is the Antiphon upon Magnificat at Second Vespers of Corpus Christi; and is a hymn in praise of the Blessed Sacrament.  The Gregorian melody is very beautiful (see the 2nd video below), and the text has been set by many composers; this version is by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611):

O sacrum convivium!
in quo Christus sumitur:
recolitur memoria passionis ejus:
mens impletur gratia:
et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur.

O sacred banquet!
in which Christ is received,
the memory of his Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory to us is given.

Here, the Belgian chant group Psallentes sings the Gregorian antiphon, and they include this note: "The antiphon O sacrum convivium, from a sixteenth century Turnhout processionale (Flanders, ca. 1550)."

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