The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Saving Victim, Opening Wide

For Advent

Words: "O Salutaris Hostia," verses 5 and 6 from Verbum supernum prodiens, Attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), ca. 1263, Probably based on 10th Century or earlier sources, 
trans. Edward Caswall, 1849, and John Mason Neale, 1854

Music: Verbum supernum, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML
Melcombe, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
St. Vincent, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Martyr Dei
Meter: LM

1. O saving Victim, opening wide
the gate of heaven to man below;
our foes press on from every side;
thine aid supply; thy strength bestow.

2. All praise and thanks to thee ascend
for evermore, blest One in Three;
O grant us life that shall not end
in our true native land with thee.

In some versions of The Heavenly Word Proceeding Forth, the verses above are included as verses 5 and 6.

Sheet Music "South Weald," (from Missa Seraphica) by Arthur H. Brown from Arthur Henry Brown, ed., The Altar Hymnal. London: Griffith, Farrar, Okeden & Welsh, 1885, # 135, p. 399.

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