Tonight the St Mary Magdalen's Choir were practising this Sequence for Corpus Christi on Thursday. Good, eh?
Courtesy of Thesaurus Precum Latinarum
When Pope Urban IV (1261-1264) first established the Feast of Corpus Christi, he requested St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) to compose hymns for it. This is one of the five beautiful hymns Aquinas composed in honor of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. In addition to Lauda Sion, St. Thomas wrote Adoro Te Devote, Pange Lingua, Sacris Sollemnis and Verbum Supernum. Lauda Sion is the Sequence before the Gospel on Corpus Christi. The last two verses comprise the well known Bone pastor, panis vere.
Meanwhile...for all you liturgical eye candy enthusiasts...check out Fr Ray Blake's blog for exclusive photography of the Sacred Vestments he's wearing on Corpus Christi on Thursday night. Look at the floral embroidery on that!