Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Panis Angelicus Lambillotte

A most beautiful piece by Fr. Louis Lambillotte (1796-1855) a Belgian Jesuit.  

The text for "Panis Angelicus" is from Sacris Solemniis, a hymn written by St Thomas Aquinas (1225--1274) for the Feast of Corpus Christi (now called the Solemnity of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ). 

The strophe of Sacris solemniis that begins with the words "Panis angelicus" (bread of angels) has often been set to music by many composers. 

Panis angelicus, fit panis hominum; dat panis caelicus, figuris terminum; 

Thus Angels' Bread is made, the Bread of man today: the Living Bread from heaven with figures dost away: 

O res mirabilis: manducat Dominum, pauper, servus et humilis. 

O wondrous gift indeed! the poor and lowly may upon their Lord and Master feed. 

Te, trina Deitas, unaque, poscimus: sic nos tu visita, sicut te colimus; 

Thee, therefore, we implore, O Godhead, One in Three, so may Thou visit us as we now worship Thee; 

per tuas semitas duc nos quo tendimus, ad lucem quam inhabitas 

and lead us on Thy way, That we at last may see the light wherein Thou dwellest aye.

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