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Holy Communion: The Communion

331. O saving Victim, opening wide

L.M.

St. Vincent:

Sigismund Neukomm (1778-1858);

ad., James Uglow, 1868

Aeterne Rex:

Sarum Plainsong, Mode VIII

Alternative modern tune Melcombe, No. 1; which was composed for these words.

Latin; Thomas Aquinas (c. 1227-1294);

Tr. Edward Caswall, 1849

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.

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.

Amen.

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