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25 Jun 2022

“Adoro Te Devote” (“I Devoutly Adore You”). The 13th-Century Eucharistic Hymn Written By Saint Thomas Aquinas.



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“Adoro Te Devote”
(“I Devoutly Adore You”).
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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[5] verius.

In Cruce[5] latebat sola Deitas,
At hic latet simul et Humanitas,
Ambo tamen credens atque confitens,
Peto quod petivit latro pœnitens.


Plagas, sicut Thomas, non intueor:
Deum tamen meum te confiteor.
Fac me tibi semper magis credere,
In te spem habere, te diligere.

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[5] :
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.

Amen.


The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopædia.

“Adoro Te Devote” is a Eucharistic Hymn, written by Thomas Aquinas.[1]

“Adoro Te Devote” is one of the five Eucharistic Hymns which were composed and set to music for The Solemnity of Corpus Christi, instituted in 1264 by Pope Urban IV as a Solemnity for the entire Roman Catholic Church.

Since the beginning of its composition and it being set to music, “Adoro Te Devote” was chanted as a Eucharistic Hymn during The Divine Holy Mass “in honorem SS. Sacramenti” (“in honour of The Most Blessed Sacrament”), as it was written in the Latin Manuscripts. It is also chanted for Eucharistic Adoration.


The authorship of the Hymn, by Saint Thomas Aquinas, was previously doubted by some scholars.[2] More recent scholarship has put such doubts to rest.[3] Aquinas seems to have used it also as a Private Prayer, for a daily Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament.[4]

“Adoro Te Devote” is one of the Mediæval poetic compositions, being used as spoken Prayers and also as chanted Hymns, which were preserved in The Roman Missal, published in 1570, following The Council of Trent (1545–1563).

The Hymn is still sung today, though its use is optional in the Post-Vatican II Ordinary Form [Editor: Why “optional” and not “de rigueur” ? Modernism at its best ?]

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