William Byrd (±1539-1623): O salutaris hostia

O salutaris hostia (O Saving sacrifice) is the final stanza of the hymn Verbum supernum prodiens, composed by Aquinas for the Hour of Lauds in the Office of the Feast of Corpus Christi. It’s often selected for use as a hymn in its own right for Benediction and as a motet for Mass after the Offertory. Byrd set it twice, the setting you can hear below is his  four-part setting (ATTB) published in 1605. Enjoy :-)

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William Byrd (±1539-1623): O salutaris hostia

O salutaris hostia
quae caeli pandis ostium,
bella premunt hostilia:
da robur, fer auxilium

O saving sacrifice
who opens the gate of heaven,
hostile wars oppress us:
give strength, bring aid.

Performers: The Cardinall’s Musick conducted by Andrew Carwood

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