Friday, January 12, 2007
Prescription From the Angelic Doctor
How often do we get to hear the angelic hymns of St. Thomas Aquinas at our churches these days? Sadly, the sacred and glorious hymns of the Catholic Church that move us to silent adoration and worship, in heartfelt praise and thanksgiving, have been replaced by other, well, Protestant hymns. (Think Gather Us In and We are One in the Spirit) I thought it would be fun to do a comparison of the lyrics for "We Are One in the Spirit", written in 1966 by Peter Scholte, with "Sing My Tongue, the Saviour's Glory", written by the angelic doctor himself, St. Thomas Aquinas, in the thirteenth century.
I know which one moves me to worship. Judge for yourself.
Sing, My Tongue, the Savior’s Glory
SING, my tongue, the Savior's glory,
of His flesh the mystery sing;
of the Blood, all price exceeding,
shed by our immortal King,
destined, for the world's redemption,
from a noble womb to spring.
Of a pure and spotless Virgin
born for us on earth below,
He, as Man, with man conversing,
stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;
then He closed in solemn order
wondrously His life of woe.
On the night of that Last Supper,
seated with His chosen band,
He the Pascal victim eating,
first fulfills the Law's command;
then as Food to His Apostles
gives Himself with His own hand.
Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature
by His word to Flesh He turns;
wine into His Blood He changes;-
what though sense no change discerns?
Only be the heart in earnest,
faith her lesson quickly learns.
Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail;
Lo! o'er ancient forms departing,
newer rites of grace prevail;
faith for all defects supplying,
where the feeble sense failthat
To the everlasting Father,
and the Son who reigns on high,
with the Holy Ghost proceeding
forth from Each eternally,
be salvation, honor, blessing,
might and endless majesty.
You didn't really think I would grace the text of "We are One in the Spirit" with space on the same page as an ancient hymn from St. Thomas Aquinas did you? If you really want the text go here. It's a song ( I can't bring myself to say hymn) all about ecumenism and saving each man's pride.