Ave vivens hostia

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Latin.png Latin text

Johannes Peckham, 13th c., attr.

1. Ave, vivens hostia,
       Veritas et vita,
    In qua sacrificia
         Cuncta sunt finita,
    Per te patri gloria
      Datur infinita,
    Per te stat ecclesia
      Iugiter munita.

2. Ave, vas clementiae,
       Scrinium dulcoris,
    In quo sunt deliciae
       Caelici saporis,
    Veritas substantiae
       Tota salvatoris,
    Sacramentum gratiae,
       Pabulum amoris.
3. Ave, manna caelicum
       Verius legali,
    Datum in viaticum
       Misero mortali,
    Medicamen mysticum
       Morbo spiritali,
    Morte dans catholicum
       Vitae immortali.

4. Ave, corpus Domini
       Et munus finale,
    Corpus iunctum numini,
       Nobile iocale,
    Quod reliquit homini
       In memoriale,
    Cum finali termino
       Mundo dixit vale.

5. Ave, plenum gaudium,
       Vita beatorum,
    Pauperum solacium,
       Salus miserorum,
    Grande privilegium
       Est hoc viatorum.
    Quorum sacrificium
       Merces est caelorum.
6. Ave, virtus fortium,
       Obvians ruinae,
    Turris et praesidium
       Plebis peregrinae,
    Quam insultus hostium
       Frangere non sine,
    Ne vi malignantium
       Pereat in fine.

German.png German translation

1. Sei gegrüßt, du lebendige Opfergabe, Wahrheit und Leben,
in der alle Opfer zu Ende gebracht sind.
Durch dich wird dem Vater unendlicher Ruhm gegeben,
durch dich steht die Kirche immerdar befestigt.

2. Sei gegrüßt, du Gefäß der Milde, Schrein der Süßigkeit,
in dem die Wonnen des himmlischen* Geschmacks sind.
Ganze Wahrheit des Wesens des Erlösers,
Sakrament der Gnade, Speise der Liebe.

English.png English translation

Hugh T. Henry (1862-1946), transl.

1. Hail, Thou living Victim blest,
     truth and life supernal,
   Olden types in Thee confessed
     find their end eternal.
   Infinite through Thee the praise
     to the Father given,
   While Thy love the Church arrays
     as an earthly heaven.

2. Hail, Thou ancient Mercy-seat,
     source of grace and favour;
   Precious ointment-box replete
     with celestial savour:
   Thou the God-man truly art
     in divine completeness:
   Fed on Thee, the loving heart
     knows Thy raptured sweetness.

3. Hail, Thou Manna from the skies,
     yet more truly given
   To the pilgrim soul that sighs
     for her promised Heaven:
   Mystic medicine Thou art
     for the wounded spirit;
   Healed by Thee, may every heart
     endless life inherit.

English.png English translation

Ronald A. Knox (1888-1957), transl.

Hail, true Victim, life and light
  Unto sinners lending--
Every older form and rite
  Hath in thee its ending--
Spotless in the Father's sight
  Evermore ascending,
Holy church in bitter fight
  Evermore befriending.

Hail, true Manna from the sky--
  Israel never knew thee;
Pilgrims, for the day's supply,
  Daily homage do thee;
When our souls in sickness lie,
  Yields that sickness to thee;
Christians, when they come to die,
  Live immortal through thee.

Hail, Christ's Body--gift he made,
  His own death foreshewing,
(Godhead under earthly shade
  Like a jewel glowing),
Sacred memories, ne'er to fade,
  On his Church bestowing,
When to earth farewell he bade,
  To his Passion going.

Jesus truly in this place
  God and Man resideth;
Him no shadow doth replace,
  Him no rent divideth,
Very flesh, although his face,
  Glorified, he hideth;
Garnered in this little space
  All of Christ abideth.

Seen in heaven by blessed eyes
  This his body reigneth;
Form of bread, in other wise,
  Here its scope containeth;--
Mystery he alone descrise
  Who the same ordaineth;
Well may her such thing devise
  Whom no power restraineth.

Plead, true Victim, in our stead,
  To the Father crying,
Thou, Thy children's daily bread,
  Daily health supplying;
Banquet for the exile spread,
  Grant us life undying:
May our love from Thine be fed,
  Self and sense denying!

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