Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Sunday, 18 October 2015

"Adore Te Devote". Eucharistic Hymn Written By Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 1274).

Adore Te Devote.
By Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Available on YouTube at

English: Saint Thomas Aquinas is girded by Angels
with a Mystical Belt of Purity after his proof of chastity.
Español: Tentación de Santo Tomás d'Aquino.
Artist: Diego Velázquez (1599-1660).
Date: 1632.
Current location: 
Museo del Palacio Arzobispal de Orihuela,
Alicante, Spain.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Another Hymn from the great Saint Thomas Aquinas.
This version does not include the 3rd or 4th Verses.

The Illustrations in the YouTube video are:

"The Temptation of Saint Thomas Aquinas" by Diego Velazquez;
"Triumph of Saint Thomas Aquinas over the Heretics" by Filippino Lippi;
"The Apotheosis of Thomas Aquinas" by Francisco de Zurbaran.

English: Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Altarpiece in the Church of Saint Dominic, Ascoli, Italy.
Deutsch: Altar von San Domenico in Ascoli,
Polyptychon, linke äußere Aufsatztafel: Hl. Thomas von Aquin.
Artist: Carlo Crivelli (1435-1495).
Date: 1476.
Current location: National Gallery, London, England.
Source/Photographer: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002.
ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Adoro te devote, latens Deitas,
Quæ sub his figuris vere latitas;
Tibi se cor meum totum subjicit,
Quia te contemplans totum deficit.

Visus, tactus, gustus in te fallitur,
Sed auditu solo tuto creditur.
Credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius;
Nil hoc verbo veritátis verius.

O memoriale mortis Domini!
Panis vivus, vitam præstans homini!
Præsta meæ menti de te vívere,
Et te illi semper dulce sapere.

Pie Pelicane, Jesu Domine,
Me immundum munda tuo sanguine:
Cujus una stilla salvum facere
Totum mundum quit ab omni scelere.

Jesu, quem velatum nunc aspicio,
Oro, fiat illud quod tam sitio:
Ut te revelata cernens facie,
Visu sim beátus tuæ gloriæ.


I devoutly adore you, O hidden God,
Truly hidden beneath these appearances.
My whole heart submits to you,
And in contemplating you,
It surrenders itself completely.

Sight, touch, taste are all deceived
In their judgment of you,
But hearing suffices firmly to believe.
I believe all that the Son of God has spoken;
There is nothing truer than this word of truth.

O memorial of our Lord's death!
Living bread that gives life to man,
Grant my soul to live on you,
And always to savor your sweetness.

Lord Jesus, Good Pelican,
wash me clean with your blood,
One drop of which can free
the entire world of all its sins.

Jesus, whom now I see hidden,
I ask you to fulfill what I so desire:
That on seeing you face to face,
I may be happy in seeing your glory.


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