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The text is a slight variant of Aquinas' "O salutaris hostia". This piece may be used similarly as a Eucharistic motet. From Promptuarii musici (vol. 2), 1612.

Lyrics: St. Thomas Aquinas

O vere digna hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia:
Da robur, fer auxilium.

O worthy Victim, opening wide
The gate of heaven to all us below:
Our foes press on from side to side:
Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.

Asprilio Pacelli
(1570 - 1623)

Pacelli : O vere digna hostia : illustration


O vere digna hostia

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