It’s the Communion hymn being sung by our choir this weekend.
The words, translated:
Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
having truly suffered, sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
from whose pierced side
water and blood flowed:
Be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death!
O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus,
O Jesus, son of Mary,
have mercy on me. Amen.
This setting is by the 19th century French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who may be best known for the “Carnival of the Animals.”
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