Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Corpus Christi, Lauds

Pictorial Lives of the Saints: Corpus ChristiThe Heavenly Word proceeding forth,
Yet leaving not His Father’s Throne,
Came down on earth His work to do,
And now that work had nearly done.

By His disciple’s sin to death,
Soon to be given to His foes,
To His disciples first to give
Himself, as Bread of Life, He chose.

To them, in twofold outward form,
He gave His Body and His Blood,
That so He might become of Man,
Of twofold substance made, the food.

At birth He had become their Friend,
At table He became their Food,
At death their Ransom He would be,
In Heaven their Eternal Good.

O Saving Victim, who for us
Dost Heaven’s gate wide open fling,
See! hostile wars do press us sore,
Give strength, and needful succours bring

To Heaven’s Lord, both One and Trine,
May everlasting glory be,
And may He in our Country blest,
Give Life to us eternally. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England