Adoro te devote

                                                                                     Schola Sanctae Scholasticae and St. Cecilia's Abbey, UK

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1.   Devoutly I adore thee, hidden Godhead, who truly stayest hidden
      under these forms: to thee doth my whole heart subject itself,
      because, in contemplating thee, everything [else] is found

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2.   Sight, touch, taste fail with regard to thee, but only by hearing 
      does one believe surely; I believe whatever God’s Son said: 
      nothing is truer than the word of Truth.

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3.   On the Cross the Godhead alone was hidden, but here, hidden
      too is the humanity. However, believing and confessing both, I 
      ask what the penitent thief asked.

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4.   I do not immediately gaze on wounds, as Thomas did; yet 
      nonetheless I confess thee my God. Make me believe in thee 
      more and more, [make me] put my hope in thee, love thee.

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5.   O memorial of the Lord’s death! Living bread, granting life to 
      man! Grant to me always to live from thee and that thou mayest 
      always taste sweet to me.

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6.   Kindly pelican, Lord Jesus, cleanse me, the unclean one, in thy 
      blood, of which [just] one drop can save the entire world of all 

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7.   Jesus, whom now I behold under a veil, I pray that that for which 
      I so thirst may come to pass: that, looking intently upon thy 
      unveiled face, I may be blessed with the sight of thy glory.

Hymn of St. Thomas Aquinas

Suggested use: Benediction, Hymn for Solemnity of Corpus Christi;  Mass: Offertory, Communion

Note:  Music from the Parish Book of Chant (CMAA, 2012, page 174) and used with permission from The Church Music Association of America. Book can be purchased at  and is also available by download from

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