ST. THOMAS AQUINAS’ BEAUTIFUL EUCHARISTIC HYMN:
ADORO TE DEVOTE (I ADORE THEE DEVOUTLY).
It is usually prayed (or sung) during the Octave (8 days) after Corpus Christi and also every Thursday to commemorate the Institution of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist during Holy Thursday. A beautiful prayer of adoration, faith and love for Jesus’ Real, True and Substantial Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Hope you meditate on it frequently!
My whole heart submits to you, and in contemplating you, it surrenders itself completely.
But hearing suffices firmly to believe.
I believe all that the Son of God has spoken;
There is nothing truer than this word of truth.
But here the Humanity is also hidden.
I believe and confess both,
And ask for what the repentant thief asked.
But I confess that you are my God.
Make me believe more and more in you,
Hope in you, and love you.
Living bread that gives life to man,
Grant my soul to live on you,
And always to savor your sweetness.
One drop of which
That on seeing you face to face,
English text (poetic)
1Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.
Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived:
How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;
What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do;
Truth himself speaks truly or there’s nothing true.
On the cross thy godhead made no sign to men,
Here thy very manhood steals from human ken:
Both are my confession, both are my belief,
And I pray the prayer of the dying thief.
I am not like Thomas, wounds I cannot see,
But can plainly call thee Lord and God as he;
Let me to a deeper faith daily nearer move,
Daily make me harder hope and dearer love.
O thou our reminder of Christ crucified,
Living Bread, the life of us for whom he died,
Lend this life to me then: feed and feast my mind,
There be thou the sweetness man was meant to find.
Bring the tender tale true of the Pelican;
Bathe me, Jesu Lord, in what thy bosom ran—
Blood whereof a single drop has power to win
All the world forgiveness of its world of sin.
Jesu, whom I look at shrouded here below,
I beseech thee send me what I thirst for so,
Some day to gaze on thee face to face in light
And be blest for ever with thy glory’s sight.
1. Adóro te devóte, latens Déitas, quæ sub his figúris vere látitas. Tibi se cor meum totum súbiicit, quia, te contémplans, totum déficit.
2. Visus, tactus, gustus in te fállitur, sed audítu solo tuto créditur. Credo quidquid dixit Dei Fílius: nil hoc verbo veritátis vérius.
3. In Cruce latébat sola Déitas; at hic latet simul et humánitas. Ambo tamen credens atque cónfitens, peto quod petívit latro pœnitens.
4. Plagas, sicut Thomas, non intúeor; Deum tamen meum te confíteor. Fac me tibi semper magis crédere, in te spem habére, te dilígere.
5. O memoriále mortis Dómini! Panis vivus vitam præstans hómini, præsta meæ menti de te vívere, et te illi semper dulce sápere.
6. Pie pellicáne, Iesu Dómine, me immúndum munda tuo sánguine: cuius una stilla salvum fácere totum mundum quit ab omni scélere.
7. Iesu, quem velátum nunc aspício, oro, fiat illud quod tam sítio; ut te reveláta cernens fácie, visu sim beátus tuæ glóriæ.
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