O sacrum convivium
"O sacrum convivium" was commissioned by the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, Copenhagen, Denmark and premiered in the Church of Holmen, Denmark in 2014.
New music for the traditional celebration of the sacrament of O sacrum convivum. The text of the great 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.
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.