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September 21, 2014

2014-09-21 Notes from the Bench

“O Sacrum Convivium” by Robert Lehman

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate



O sacrum convivium! in quo Christus
sumitur: recolitur memoria passionis eius:
mens impletur gratia: et futurae gloriae nobis
pignus datur. Alleluia.



O sacred banquet! in which Christ is received,
the memory of his Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of
future glory to us is given. Alleluia.


The text, “O Sacrum Convivium, ” written by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), honors and expresses the mystery of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Originally, this prose was introduced into the Church’s liturgy as an antiphon for the Magnificat during second Vespers for the Feast of Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ). Numerous musical settings of this text have been written by composers from the Renaissance era through the twenty-first century. Today, All Saints’ Chamber Choir will sing a recently composed setting written by Robert Lehman.

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