O SACRUM CONVIVIUM
New music for the traditional celebration of the sacrament of O sacrum convivium. The text of the medieval Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas praises the institution of the supper sacrament as a sacred dinner banquet that "fills the mind with grace" and gives a foretaste of eternal delights.
Commissioned by the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, Copenhagen, Denmark and premiered in the Church of Holmen, Denmark in 2014.
SATB div. unaccompanied
O sacrum convivium!
in quo Christus sumitur:
recolitur memoria passionis eius:
mens impletur gratia:
et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur.
O sacred banquet!
in which Christ is received,
the memory of his Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory to us is given.