Soul of my Savior, sanctify my breast

Full Text

1 Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast,
body of Christ, be thou my saving guest,
blood of my Saviour, bathe me in thy tide,
wash me with water flowing from thy side.

2 Strength and protection may thy Passion be,
O blessèd Jesu, hear and answer me;
deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me,
so shall I never, never part from thee.

3 Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
in death's dread moments make me only thine;
call me and bid me come to thee on high
where I may praise thee with thy saints for ay.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #462

Translator: J. Hegarty

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Text Information

First Line: Soul of my Savior, sanctify my breast
Translator: J. Hegarty
Meter: 10.10.10.10
Source: Latin, 14th cent.
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Liturgical Use: Communion Songs

Notes

Anima Christi sanctifica me. [Holy Communion.] The author of this hymn is unknown, and the earliest date to which it has been assigned is the 14th century. It is found in the very rare Heures a Lusage de Lengres. Imprimé a Troyes chez Jean le Coq, without year or pagination. It is also in the Hortulus Animate, Lyons, 1516; and 1519; Rambach, i. p. 360, and Daniel, i., No. 498.
In the last it is included among the hymns written by unknown authors, before the 16th century, and not inserted by authority in the Offices of any Breviary or Missal. Daniel also gives an additional intercession from the Lengres Hours, which has been ascribed to Ignatius do Loyola. As he was born in 1491, and did not embrace a religious life until 1521, this ascription is certainly an error.
Translations in common use:--

7. Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast, is in the St. George's Hymn Book, for use in St. George's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Southwark, 1882, No. 33, ed. by the Rev. Joseph Reeks.

-- Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

ANIMA CHRISTI (Maher)

ANIMA CHRISTI became popular in the latter half of the nineteenth century in British Roman Catholic churches, where it was used for evening benediction services. It is believed that Jesuit priest William J. Maher (b. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, 1823; d. Paris, France, 1877) composed the tune…

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Instances

Instances (1 - 9 of 9)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #462Text
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #444
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #322Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #623
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #670
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #452
Small Church Music #1588Audio
The New English Hymnal #305Page Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #502
Include 38 pre-1979 instances



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