Video: Ave verum Corpus~Hail, true Body
This is just beautiful!
A translation into English is:
Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
truly suffering, sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
whose pierced side
flowed with water and blood:
May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death.
Oh sweet , Oh merciful , Oh Jesus, son of Mary,
have mercy on me.
Ave verum corpus is a short Eucharistic hymn that has been set to music by various composers. It dates from the early 14th century and has been attributed to Pope Innocent IV.
During the Middle Ages it was sung at the elevation of the host during the consecration. It was also used frequently during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The hymn’s title means “Hail, true body”, and is based on a poem deriving from a 14th-century manuscript from the Abbey of Reichenau, Lake Constance. The poem is a meditation on the Catholic belief in Jesus’s Real Divine Presence in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, and ties it to the Catholic conception of the redemptive meaning of suffering in the life of all believers.
Another singable translation may be:
Hail to Thee! true Body sprung From the Virgin Mary’s womb!
The same that on the cross was hung And bore for man the bitter doom.
Thou whose side was pierc’d, and flow’d Both with water and with blood;
Suffer us to taste of Thee In our life’s last agony.
O Jesu sweet!
O loving one!
O Jesu, Mary’s Son!