“Blessed Sacrament procession, First Annual Southeastern Eucharistic Congress, Charlotte, North Carolina – 20050924-01” by Fennec. – Own work.. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
A few weeks ago I shared the sequence from Pentecost. A sequence is a liturgical poem which unpacks the meaning of the feast. This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi which also has a beautiful Sequence. Below is the short form of the Sequence. If you would like to read the entire sequence you can see it at:
Lo! the angel’s food is given
To the pilgrim who has striven;
see the children’s bread from heaven,
which on dogs may not be spent.
Truth the ancient types fulfilling,
Isaac bound, a victim willing,
Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling,
manna to the fathers sent.
Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,
Jesu, of your love befriend us,
You refresh us, you defend us,
Your eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see.
You who all things can and know,
Who on earth such food bestow,
Grant us with your saints, though lowest,
Where the heav’nly feast you show,
Fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood