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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Ave Verum Corpus. Benediction Hymn. William Byrd (1543 - 1623).

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Ave Verum Corpus.
Sung by The Tallis Scholars.
Composed by William Byrd.
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Ave Verum Corpus is a short Eucharistic Hymn that has been set to music by various composers. It dates from the 14th-Century and has been attributed to Pope Innocent VI.

During the Middle Ages, it was sung at the elevation of the Host during the Consecration. It was also used frequently during Benediction of The Blessed Sacrament.

The Hymn's Title means "Hail, True Body", and is based on a poem deriving from a 14th-Century Manuscript from the Abbey of ReichenauLake Constance. The poem is a Meditation on the Catholic belief in Jesus's Real Presence in The Sacrament of The Eucharist.

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