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A beautiful new arrangement of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Eucharistic hymn

J-P Mauro - published on 11/03/17

Polish composer Sebastian Szymański is keeping the old traditions alive.

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Sebastian Szymański is a contemporary Polish composer. He founded the Chamber Orchestra of Limanowa and is a member of the art section of the scientific society EDUCARE, an organization focused on the education of children.

The text of “O Salutaris Hostia” comes from Verbum Supernum, a Catholic Eucharistic hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas. It was written for the Hour of Lauds in the Divine Office of Corpus Christi. The text refers to the institution of the Eucharist by Christ at the Last Supper and his Passion and death.

“O Salutaris Hostia” (O Saving Victim) consists of the last two verses of Verbum Supernum. Traditionally, “O Salutaris Hostia” is sung during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This recording was made in the Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Jurek with the mixed Canticum Lubilaeum choir.

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