Of the glorious body telling

Full Text

1 Of the glorious body telling,
O my tongue, its myst'ries sing,
And the blood, all price excelling,
Which the world’s eternal King,
In a noble womb once dwelling,
Shed for this world’s ransoming.

2 Giv'n for us, for us descending,
Of a virgin to proceed,
With us all in converse blending,
Scattered he the Gospel seed,
Till his sojourn drew to ending,
Which he closed in glorious deed.

3 At the last great supper lying
Circled by his chosen band,
Meekly with the law complying,
First he finished its command,
Then, immortal food supplying,
Gave himself with his own hand.

4 Word made flesh, by word ordaining
Very bread his flesh to be;
We, in wine Christ’s blood obtaining,
And, if senses fail to see,
Faith alone will wake those straining
To behold the mystery.

5 Therefore we, before him bending,
This great sacrament revere;
Types and shadows have their ending,
For the newer rite is here;
Faith, our outward sense befriending,
Makes the inward vision clear.

6 Glory let us give, and blessing
To the Father and the Son;
Honor, might, and praise addressing,
While eternal ages run;
Ever, too, the Spirit blessing,
Who, from both, with both is one.

Amen

Source: Lutheran Book of Worship #120

Author: St. Thomas, Aquinas

Thomas of Aquino, confessor and doctor, commonly called The Angelical Doctor, “on account of," says Dom Gueranger, "the extraordinary gift of understanding wherewith God had blessed him," was born of noble parents, his father being Landulph, Count of Aquino, and his mother a rich Neapolitan lady, named Theodora. The exact date of his birth is not known, but most trustworthy authorities give it as 1227. At the age of five he was sent to the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino to receive his first training, which in the hands of a large-hearted and God-fearing man, resulted in so filling his mind with knowledge and his soul with God, that it is said the monks themselves would often approach by stealth to hear the words of piety and wisdo… Go to person page >

Translator: J. M. Neale

Neale, John Mason, D.D., was born in Conduit Street, London, on Jan. 24, 1818. He inherited intellectual power on both sides: his father, the Rev. Cornelius Neale, having been Senior Wrangler, Second Chancellor's Medallist, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and his mother being the daughter of John Mason Good, a man of considerable learning. Both father and mother are said to have been "very pronounced Evangelicals." The father died in 1823, and the boy's early training was entirely under the direction of his mother, his deep attachment for whom is shown by the fact that, not long before his death, he wrote of her as "a mother to whom I owe more than I can express." He was educated at Sherborne Grammar School, and was afterwards… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Of the glorious body telling
Author: St. Thomas, Aquinas
Translator: J. M. Neale
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #4803
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Small Church Music #5471
  • PDF Score (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 3 of 3)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Small Church Music #5471Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #4803TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #268Page Scan
Include 4 pre-1979 instances



Advertisements