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CHRIST THE WORD TO EARTH DESCENDED

Vebum supernum prodiens, nec Patris, The Blessed Sacrament
St.Thomas Aquinas, O.P., d.1274 / Adapted from a Chorale, 'Ringe recht', 1745

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CHRIST THE WORD TO EARTH DESCENDED


1 Christ the Word to earth descended,
Yet remained in heaven still;
When His earthly journey ended
He fulfilled the Father's will.
2 While the false disciple waited
To betray his Master's life,
Christ for men, tho' by men hated,
Gave in love the bread of life.
3 Under two-fold species given,
Flesh as bread and blood as wine,
He became a pledge of heaven:
Man partook of Life Divine.
4 Mighty Victim, earth's salvation,
Heaven's gates unfolding wide,
See, we cry in desolation:
Be our strength, be at our side.
5 To Thee, Godhead, three-fold essence,
Be unending praise and love;
Make us worthy of Thy presence
In our heav'nly home above.

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