Tantum ergo

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St Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225—1274) Italian philosopher, theologian, and Dominican friar

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament


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(Lat., ‘Therefore we before Him bending, this great sacrament revere’, in Eng. version).

Opening words of last section of St Thomas Aquinas's Corpus Christi hymn Pange lingua. Used in services other than that of Corpus Christi and especially in that of Benediction. Has own plainsong, but has often been set by composers.

Subjects: Music.

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