Adoro Te Devote

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Adoro Te Devote

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One of the five hymns St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) composed for Pope Urban IV (1261-1264) when he first established the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1264. The hymn is found in the Roman Missal as a prayer of thanksgiving.

ADORO te devote, latens Deitas, quae sub his figuris vere latitas: tibi se cor meum totum subiicit, quia te contemplans totum deficit.

Iesu, quem velatum nunc aspicio, oro fiat illud quod tam sitio;
ut te revelata cernens facie,
visu sim beatus tuae gloriae. Amen.

-St. Thomas Aquinas


HIDDEN God, devoutly I adore Thee, truly present underneath these veils:
all my heart subdues itself before Thee, since it all before Thee faints and fails.

Contemplating, God, Thy hidden presence, grant me what I thirst for and implore,
in the revelation of Thy essence
to behold Thy glory evermore. Amen.

-Translation by John O'Hagan (1822-1890)