Ruggiero Giovannelli
(c.1560 - 1625)

Giovannelli : O salutaris hostia : illustration

O salutaris hostia
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From Motecta quinque vocum (book 2), Venice, 1604.
Lyrics: St. Thomas Aquinas

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

O saving Victim, opening wide
the gate of heaven to all us below,
our foes press on from every side:
thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.