"Ave verum Corpus," No. 1 of Two Offertories (Op. 65) was written for two treble voices and organ accompaniment by the great French composer, organist, and teacher Gabriel Faure (1845-1924). It is a short Eucharistic hymn that dates from the 14th century with words attributed to Pope Innocent VI. During the Middle Ages it was sung at the elevation of the host during the consecration. It is also used during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and is a meditation on the belief in Jesus’ Real Presence in the sacrament of the Eucharist. Its text, translated from Latin to English, says:
Hail, true Body, born of the Virgin Mary,
who having truly suffered, was sacrificed on the cross for mankind,
whose pierced side flowed with water and blood:
May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet] in the trial of death.
This arrangement is is fitting for use as a prelude to worship, at the offertory, and at Communion.
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