Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus – Be For Us a Foretaste in the Test of Death

blood and water

Say what you want about Mozart, but Ave Verum Corpus is one of my absolute favorite Latin hymns.  We used to sing it all the time in my all-girls high school’s concert choir.  I couldn’t find a good SSA version on YouTube, but it’s beautiful with male vocals, too.  Anyway, the translated lyrics are so beautiful, I had to share them.

Latin / English:

Ave, ave verum corpus  / Hail, true body
natum de Maria virgine / born of the Virgin Mary,
Vere passum immolatum / Who truly suffered, sacrificed
In cruce pro homine / on the Cross for man,
Cujus latus perforatum / Whose pierced side overflowed
Unda fluxit et sanguine / with water and blood,
Esto nobis praegustatum / Be for us a foretaste
In mortis examine. / in the test of death.

Those last two lines give me chills.

Have a blessed day!

thelightiswhite ♥

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