Tantum Ergo Chant for Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament: English and Latin translations
Tantum Ergo Sacramentum in English
Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail,
Lo! oe’r ancient forms departing
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying,
Where the feeble senses fail.
To the everlasting Father,
And the Son Who reigns on high
With the Holy Spirit proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty.
Tantum Ergo Sacramentum in Latin
Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.
Tantum Ergo Sacramentum was written by St. Thomas Aquinas. It is part of his longer hymn, hymn Pange Lingua. It is usually prayed as a chant or a song during Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. In this beautiful prayer, we recognize God for Who He is: our Almighty Creator Who calls us to Himself. For a brief history of Tantum Ergo, you can read one at Catholic Prayers Online or Chant CD.
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