Scripture Verse

I am the living Bread which came down from Heaven: if any man eat of this Bread, he shall live forever: and the Bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 6:51

Introduction

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James R. Woodford
(1820–1885)

Words: Tho­mas Aqui­nas (1226–1274) (Ado­ro Te de­vo­te, la­tens De­i­tas). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by James R. Wood­ford, 1850, & the com­pil­ers of Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern.

Music: Ado­ro Te De­vo­te, tra­di­tion­al tune (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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Thomas Aquinas
(1226–1274)

Lyrics

Thee we adore, O hidden Savior, Thee,
Who in Thy sacrament dost deign to be;
Both flesh and spirit at Thy presence fail,
Yet here Thy presence we devoutly hail.

O blest memorial of our dying Lord,
Who living Bread to men doth here afford!
O may our souls forever feed on Thee,
And Thou, O Christ, forever precious be.

Fountain of gladness, Jesu, Lord and God,
Cleanse us, unclean, with Thy most cleansing blood;
Increase our faith and love, that we may know
The hope and peace which from Thy presence flow.

O Christ, whom now beneath a veil we see,
May what we thirst for soon our portion be,
To gaze on Thee unveiled, and see Thy face,
The vision of Thy glory and Thy grace.