Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pange Lingua Gloriosi

~Pope Benedict has now donned his cope and is kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament. The various groups are preparing for the Procession. The choir is chanting Pange Lingua gloriosi. Brigittine sighting! I wonder if I can spot Fr. B among the clergy in choir dress.

Pange, lingua, gloriosi
Corporis mysterium,
Sanguinisque pretiosi,
quem in mundi pretium
fructus ventris generosi
Rex effudit Gentium.

Nobis datus, nobis natus
ex intacta Virgine,
et in mundo conversatus,
sparso verbi semine,
sui moras incolatus
miro clausit ordine.

In supremae nocte coenae
recumbens cum fratribus
observata lege plene
cibis in legalibus,
cibum turbae duodenae
se dat suis manibus.

Verbum caro, panem verum
verbo carnem efficit:
fitque sanguis Christi merum,
et si sensus deficit,
ad firmandum cor sincerum
sola fides sufficit.

Tantum ergo Sacramentum
veneremur cernui:
et antiquum documentum
novo cedat ritui:
praestet fides supplementum
sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque
laus et jubilatio,
salus, honor, virtus quoque
sit et benedictio:
procedenti ab utroque
compar sit laudatio.

Amen. Alleluia.

Update: The choir has finished singing Ave Verum some synthesis with the plainchant verses inserted. I was not familiar with it. The recitation of the meditations have begun.

Cool! the ombrellino has been opened.

Also, tonsure sighted on a Dominican friar.

The monstrance has been mounted on the prayer kneeler on a canopied carriage that will carry Papa who is now ascending the steps. Carriage is moving.

Update: Woooo! The Irish College seminarians will be walking with the Pope in commemoration of the Irish earls who carried the canopy for the Pope four hundred years ago. The Earls are buried in the Roman church of San Pietro Montorio.

Update: Great view of the obelisk that is still encased. Restoration work is constant in Rome. The carriage is now on Via Merulana after circling the Piazza. Maybe we'll see San Clemente on the way.

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