Schola Sanctae Scholasticae and St. Cecilia's Abbey, UK
Pluscarden Abbey, Scotland
1. Of the glorious Body telling, O my tongue, its
and the Blood, all price excelling, which the world's eternal King,
in a noble womb once dwelling shed for the world's ransoming.
2. Given for us, descending, of a Virgin to
man with man in converse blending, scattered he the Gospel seed,
till his sojourn drew to ending, which he closed i wondrous deed.
3. At the last great Supper lying circled by his
meekly with the law complying, first he finished its command then,
immortal food supplying, gave himself with his own hand.
4. Word made Flesh, by word
he maketh very bread his Flesh to be;
man in wine Christ's Blood partaketh: and if senses fail to see,
faith alone the true heart waketh to behold the mystery.
Hymn before Benediction
5. Therefore we, before him
bending, this great Sacrament revere;
types and shadows have their ending, for the newer rite is here;
faith, our outward sense befriending, makes the inward vision clear.
6. Glory let us give, and
blessing to the Father and the Son;
honour, might and praise addressing, while eternal ages run;
ever too his love confessing, who, from both, with both is one.
Suggested use: Holy Thursday procession; Benediction