Sacris Solemniis

This hymn is used for Matins/Office of Readings on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Breviary. It is used for the same office in the Paris Breviary (1736). This hymn was used for Vespers I on Corpus Christi in the Sarum Breviary

Sacris solemniis iuncta sint gaudia,
Et ex præcordiis sonent præconia;
Recedant vetera, nova sint omnia,
Corda, voces, et opera.

Noctis recolitur cena novissima,
Qua Christus creditur agnum et azyma
Dedisse fratribus, iuxta legitima
Priscis indulta patribus.

Post agnum typicum, expletis epulis,
Corpus Dominicum datum discipulis,
Sic totum omnibus, quod totum singulis,
Eius fatemur manibus.

Dedit fragilibus Corporis ferculum,
Dedit et tristibus Sanguinis poculum,
Dicens: Accipite quod trado vasculum;
Omnes ex eo bibite.

Sic Sacrificium Istud instituit,
Cuius officium committi voluit
Solis Presbyteris, quibus sic congruit,
Ut sumant, et dent ceteris.

[Here begins the “Panis Angelicus” which is often used as a separate hymn in its own right.]

Panis angelicus fit panis hominum;
Dat panis cælicus* figuris terminum;
O res mirabilis: manducat Dominum
Pauper, servus et humilis.

Te, Trina Deitas Unaque, poscimus:
Sic nos tu visita**, sicut te colimus;
Per tuas semitas duc nos quo tendimus,
Ad lucem quam inhabitas.

Words: St. Thomas Aquinas, 13th Century.
Tune:Sacris Solemniis” Gregorian Chant, Mode I, traditional.
Meter: 12.12.12.8

*This word is replaced by cælitus in the Hymnale Secundum Usum Insignis Ac Praeclarae Ecclesiae Sarisburiensis (1850).
**This word is “visitas” in the Paris Breviary & Sarum Breviary version of this text.

This hymn has been translated into English as the following:
Let Us With Hearts Renew’d

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