Entire Corpus Christi Sequence

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Disputa del Sacramento (Rafael)” by Raphael – See below.. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Below is the entire Corpus Christi Sequence for you poetry lovers…

Sequence – Lauda Sion

Laud, O Zion, your salvation,
Laud with hymns of exultation,
Christ, your king and shepherd true:

Bring him all the praise you know,
He is more than you bestow.
Never can you reach his due.

Special theme for glad thanksgiving
Is the quick’ning and the living
Bread today before you set:

From his hands of old partaken,
As we know, by faith unshaken,
Where the Twelve at supper met.

Full and clear ring out your chanting,
Joy nor sweetest grace be wanting,
From your heart let praises burst:

For today the feast is holden,
When the institution olden
Of that supper was rehearsed.

Here the new law’s new oblation,
By the new king’s revelation,
Ends the form of ancient rite:

Now the new the old effaces,
Truth away the shadow chases,
Light dispels the gloom of night.

What he did at supper seated,
Christ ordained to be repeated,
His memorial ne’er to cease:

And his rule for guidance taking,
Bread and wine we hallow, making
Thus our sacrifice of peace.

This the truth each Christian learns,
Bread into his flesh he turns,
To his precious blood the wine:

Sight has fail’d, nor thought conceives,
But a dauntless faith believes,
Resting on a pow’r divine.

Here beneath these signs are hidden
Priceless things to sense forbidden;
Signs, not things are all we see:

Blood is poured and flesh is broken,
Yet in either wondrous token
Christ entire we know to be.

Whoso of this food partakes,
Does not rend the Lord nor breaks;
Christ is whole to all that taste:

Thousands are, as one, receivers,
One, as thousands of believers,
Eats of him who cannot waste.

Bad and good the feast are sharing,
Of what divers dooms preparing,
Endless death, or endless life.

Life to these, to those damnation,
See how like participation
Is with unlike issues rife.

When the sacrament is broken,
Doubt not, but believe ‘tis spoken,
That each sever’d outward token
doth the very whole contain.

Nought the precious gift divides,
Breaking but the sign betides
Jesus still the same abides,
still unbroken does remain.

The shorter form of the sequence begins here.

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.

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Deacon Lincoln’s Log 6-22-14

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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:

 

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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.

 

 

Peace,


Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood

Deacon Lincoln’s Log 5-4-14

“And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.  With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.” (Lk. 24:30-31)

As the mystery of Easter continues to unfold around us this Easter season, we have the great joy of celebrating the First Holy Communion for some of our children.  Today Victoria Havlik, Danielle Huss, Jordan Jaskolski, Joshua Meating, Jonathan Scherschel, Natalie Sunita, Nicholas Van Beek, Sterling Van Straten, Charles Wentworth, and Micah Wood are joining us at the table of the Lord for the first time.  This is a special day as they eat the body and drink the blood of the Lord for the very first time.

Today’s Gospel reminds us of how deeply rooted we are in the eucharist.  Jesus reveals himself to us in the simple action of taking bread, blessing it, breaking it, and giving it to us.  With the eyes of faith we recognize him in our celebration of eucharist every week.

These children will grow in their faith as they join us at the table of the Lord Sunday after Sunday.  Jesus will reveal himself to them in our midst.

Like these children, we are called to come to recognize Jesus more deeply every week.  Through participating in the eucharist weekly our hearts start to burn within us, our prayer life deepens, our understanding of the Scriptures grows, and we begin to recognize Jesus active in our lives.  Thank God for the gift of the eucharist that we are able to share with these children today and every Sunday.

Peace,

Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood

Eucharist

What you see…is bread and a cup. This is what your eyes report to you. But your faith has need to be taught that the bread is the body of Christ, the cup the blood of Christ…. If, then, you wish to understand the body of Christ, listen to the Apostle as he says to the faithful “You are the body of Christ and His members”…. You reply “Amen” to that which you are, and by replying you consent. For you hear “The body of Christ,” and you reply “Amen.” Be a member of the body of Christ so that your “Amen” may be true…. Be what you see, and receive what you are.

(Augustine, Sermon 272)