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"Lauda Sion" is a sequence prescribed for the Roman Catholic Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi. It was written by St. Thomas Aquinas around 1264, at the request of Pope Urban IV for the new Mass of this feast, along with Pange lingua, Sacris solemniis, Adoro te devote and Verbum supernum prodiens, which are used in the Divine Office.
The hymn tells of the institution of the Eucharist and clearly expresses the belief of the Roman Catholic Church in transubstantiation, that is, that the bread and wine truly become the Body and Blood of Christ when consecrated by a validly-ordained priest or bishop during the Mass.
Lauda Sion is one of only four medieval sequences which were preserved in the Roman Missal published in 1570 following the Council of Trent (1545–1563)—the others being Victimae paschali laudes (Easter), Veni Sancte Spiritus (Pentecost), and Dies irae (requiem masses). (A fifth, Stabat Mater, would later be added in 1727.) Before Trent, many feasts had their own sequences. The existing versions were unified in the Roman Missal promulgated in 1570. The Lauda Sion is still sung today as solemn Eucharistic hymn, though its use is optional in the post-Vatican II Ordinary form.
As with St. Thomas's other three Eucharistic hymns, the last few stanzas of the Lauda Sion are often used alone, in this case, to form the "Ecce panis Angelorum".
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Another translation is used in the 1981 Lectionary approved for Australia and New Zealand (Volume 1, pages 601-603). It is by James Ambrose Dominic Aylward OP (1813-1872) and was published in Annus Sanctus in 1884, pages 194-196.
- David Hiley, Western Plainchant : A Handbook (OUP, 1993), II.22, pp.172-195
- Peter Caban (December 2009). On the History of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (PDF). Colloquia Theologica Ottoniana. pp. 114–117. ISSN 1731-0555. OCLC 8253703485 – via archive.is.
- "Annus Sanctus : hymns of the church for the ecclesiastical year". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
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