Verbum Supernum

This hymn is used in both Forms as the hymn for Lauds on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. The last two verses (O Salutaris Hostia) are sung at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. It was also used for the same office in the Paris Breviary (1736). It was used for Lauds and Vespers II on the same Feast in the Sarum Breviary.

Verbum supernum prodiens,
Nec Patris linquens dexteram,
Ad opus suum exiens,
Venit ad vitæ vesperam.

In mortem a discipulo
Suis tradendus æmulis,
Prius in vitæ ferculo
Se tradidit discipulis.

Quibus sub bina specie
Carnem dedit et Sanguinem;
Ut duplicis substantiæ
Totum cibaret Hominem.

Se nascens dedit socium,
Convescens in edulium,
Se moriens in pretium*,
Se regnans dat in præmium.

[Here begins the “O Saluraris Hostia” which is frequently sung as a separate hymn in its own right.]

O salutaris Hostia,
Quæ cæli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur, fer auxilium.

**Uni Trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria. Amen.

Words: St. Thomas Aquinas, 13th Century.
Tune:Verbum Supernum” Gregorian Chant, Mode VIII, traditional.
Alternate Tune:Werner” Anthony Werner, 19th Century.
Meter: 88.88

*This word is spelled “precium” in the 1531 Folio edition of the Sarum Breviary.
**The Paris Breviary replaces this doxology with the following:

Qui carne nos pascis tua,
Sit laus tibi, Pastor bone,
Cum Patre cumque Spiritu,
In sempiterna sæcula. Amen.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
The Word Descending from Above


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