O SALUTARIS HOSTIA (unison voices) – George Frideric Handel

O Salutaris Hostia is a well-known Eucharistic hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi. The text has been set to music by many composers but I believe this wasn’t set by Handel himself. Nevertheless, the nature and structure of Handel’s tune sits reverently under St. Thomas Aquinas’ text. I have arranged and typeset this for unison voices and it will be available on SMP shortly or you can contact me via the link below. The video description will be updated with a link in due course. Many thanks to Tony Lee for his excellent rendition of the piece!

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O salutaris Hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur, fer auxilium.

Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.

O saving Victim, opening wide
The gate of Heaven to man below;
Our foes press hard on every side;
Thine aid supply; thy strength bestow.
To thy great name be endless praise,
Immortal Godhead, One in Three.
Oh, grant us endless length of days,
In our true native land with thee.

2020 Swell Vox rendition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUTZfEgg-h8

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