Peter Philips (1560-1628): Ecce panis angelorum

Ecce panis angelorum

Between 1612 and 1613 Philips engaged in a massive publishing effort publishing no less than three volumes of his church music. Ecce panis angelorum (Behold the bread of angels) is a sequence hymn for Corpus Christi the source of which is verses 11 and 12 of Aquinas’ Lauda Sion Salvatorem. It’s an eight-part setting – which means it was published in the 1613 volume of Cantiones sacrae octonis vocibus, it’s Roman rather than Venetian in style and with alternating polyphony and plainsong. The musical textures are very rich. Enjoy :-).


Peter Philips (1560-1628): Ecce panis angelorum A8

Performers: Royal Holloway Choir, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, Rupert Gough (conductor)

Text & Translation: Ecce panis angelorum

Ecce panis angelorum,
Factus cibus viatorum
Vere panis filiorum,
Non mittendus canibus.

In figuris praesignatur,
Cum Isaac immolatur,
Agnus Paschae deputatur,
Datur manna patribus.

Bone pastor, panis vere,
Jesu, nostri miserere:
Tu nos pasce, nos tuere,
Tu nos bona fac videre
In terra viventium.

Tu qui cuncta scis et vales,
Qui nos pascis hic mortales:
Tuos ibi commensales,
Coheredes et sodales
Fac sanctorum civium.

Amen. Alleluia.

Vv XI & XII Lauda Sion, the Sequence at Mass on Corpus Christi

Behold the bread of angels,
made the food of wayfarers,
truly the bread of children,
not to be given to the dogs.

Presignified by figure,
when Isaac was immolated,
the Paschal Lamb was commanded,
manna was given to the fathers.

Good shepherd, true bread,
Jesus, have mercy on us:
feed us, protect us,
make us to see good things
in the land of the living.

Thou who knowest and willest all things,
who feeds us mortals by this:
make thine own to be partakers of,
coheirs and citizens
in that holy city of saints.

Amen. Alleluia.

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