-Solemnity of Corpus Christi
Today we celebrate the Body of Christ. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote a chant that is beautiful in Latin, and beautifully translated into English by Gerald Manly Hopkins, S.J. (poet extraordinaire).
Elegant and clean, it points to the signal fact that Faith in a hidden God is what we are called to. For in the words of the prophet, “truly you are a hidden God,” though one whom we are allowed also to physically perceive in the Eucharist.
Pondering these mysteries, St. Thomas penned this chant. Here is the English translation:
Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore
Masked by these bare shadows, faith and nothing more.
See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.
Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived:
How says trusty hearing? That shall be believed.
What God’s Son hath told me, take for truth I do;
Truth himself speaks truly, or there’s nothing true.
On the Cross thy Godhead made no sign to men.
Here thy very manhood steals from human ken;
Both are my confession, both are my belief,
And I pray the prayer of the dying thief.
And what prayer is that? A simple and powerful one.