Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, Corpus Christi, Matins

Pictorial Lives of the Saints: Corpus ChristiGlad hearts to this glorious Feast let us bring,
Its praise let us hasten exulting to sing.
Let old things be gone, and let new ones ensue,
Let voices and actions and hearts be made new.

We think of that supper, at which we believe,
That Christ to His holy Apostles did give,
The Lamb and the Azymes, by laws which from Heaven
Of old to the Fathers by Moses were given.

Now after the Lamb, when their meal had sufficed,
That then they were given the Body of Christ,
The whole unto all, yet the whole unto each,
And by His own Hands, we believe, and we teach.

He gave to the frail His Own Body as food,
He gave to the sad the sweet cup of His Blood,
He said to them, “Take ye the cup which I give,
And of it do all of you drink and receive.”

This Sacrifice thus He appointed that night,
And gave to His Priests both its office and right,
For only by Priests is the power possessed,
To take it themselves, and to give to the rest.

By Bread of the Angels see man is now fed,
All types find their end in that Heavenly Bread,
And now upon earth, O most wonderful word,
A slave, poor and little, man eateth his Lord!

O Deity, Trine and yet One, we implore,
Do Thou visit us as we Thee do adore,
And lead us by holy ways on to Thy Throne,
Inaccessible Light, where Thou dwellest alone. Amen.

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