O sacrum convivium

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"O sacrum convivium" is a Latin prose text honoring the Blessed Sacrament. It is included as an antiphon to Magnificat in the vespers of the liturgical office on the feast of Corpus Christi. The text of the office is attributed with some probability to Saint Thomas Aquinas.[1] Its sentiments express the profound affinity of the Eucharistic celebration, described as a banquet, to the Paschal mystery : "O sacred banquet at which Christ is consumed, the memory of his Passion is recalled, our souls are filled with grace, and the pledge of future glory is given to us."[2]


Original Latin (punctuation from Liber Usualis)
O sacrum convivium!
in quo Christus sumitur:
recolitur memoria passionis eius:
mens impletur gratia:
et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur.
Translation of original Latin
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.

Various settings[edit]

O sacrum convivium exists in Gregorian and Ambrosian chant forms. Some of the many composers who have set the text are as follows:

«O Sacrum Convivium» (2018) Obra premiada en el VI Concurso Internacional Amadeus de Composición Coral.


  1. ^ "Sancti Thomae de Aquino Officium corporis Christi "Sacerdos" authenticitate probabile". CorpusThomisticum.org. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Englert's O Sacrum Convivium". Retrieved December 13, 2006.
  3. ^ James Biery, ed. (1995). O Sacrum Convivium. Morning Star Music Publishers.
  4. ^ "Philip Moore's compositions, 1957 to the present" (PDF). York Minster. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  5. ^ "Perosi's O Sacrum Convivium" (PDF). Retrieved February 19, 2008.
  6. ^ "Petrich's O Sacrum Convivium". Retrieved December 13, 2006.
  7. ^ "Remondi's O Sacrum Convivium". Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  8. ^ "L. A. Master Chorale - Almost a capella". Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  9. ^ "O Sacrum Convivium at cpdl". Retrieved March 24, 2007.
  10. ^ Treacy, Susan (Summer 2006). "The Majesty of Wilton's Music" (PDF). Sacred Music. 133 (2): 45–47. ISSN 0036-2255. Retrieved May 2, 2010.

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