O salutaris hostia

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O salutaris hostia (English O Saving Host) is the penultimate stanza of the hymn Verbum supernum prodiens, composed by St. Thomas Aquinas for the Hour of Lauds in the Office of the Feast of Corpus Christi. This stanza and the final stanza, or doxology (Uni trinoque Domino), have been selected to form a separate hymn for Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Usually, and most appropriately, it is begun either when the door of the tabernacle is opened or when the monstrance is being placed on the throne of exposition. The hymn is often chosen as a motet for solemn Mass, and may thus be used after the proper Offertory for the day has been sung or recited. An indefensible, but fortunately very rare custom—perhaps inaugurated by Pierre de la Rue—was that of replacing the Benedictus at Mass by the O salutaris.

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A royalist middle verse is set by some French composers:

An English version is John Stainer's

Text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

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

Uni trinoque Domino
sit sempiterna gloria,
qui vitam sine termino
nobis donet in patria.

Italian.png Italian translation

by Daniele Ventre

O salvatrice vittima
Che schiudi ai cieli il viatico,
Ostili assalti premono,
Dà tu forza ed ausilio!

All'uno e trino Principe,
Che vita senza termine
Dà a noi nella sua patria,
Sia sempiterna gloria.

German.png German translation

O heilbringende Opfergabe/Hostie,
die du die Tür des Himmels öffnest,
feindliche Kriege drängen:
Gib Kraft, bringe Hilfe.

Dem einen dreifaltigen Herrn
Sei ewige Ehre,
der Leben ohne Ende
uns geben möge im Vaterland.

Russian.png Russian translation

О Спасающая Жертва,
кто отворяет врата небес!
Мы гибнем от гнёта злобы.
Укрепи [нас] и дай помощи.

Три-единому Господу
будет слава,
кто дарует нам бесконечную жизнь
в отчизне нашей (т.е., на небесах)

English.png English translation


O saving victim
who opens the gate of heaven,
hostile wars press on us:
give strength, bring aid.

To the Lord, three in one,
be everlasting glory,
for life without end
he gives us in (his) Kingdom.

English.png English translation

Metrical, "J. M. Neale, E. Caswall, and others"

O saving Victim! opening wide
The gate of heaven to man below,
Our foes press hard on 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.

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Gegroet, o (heilig) offer(dier),
Gij die de hemelpoort opent,
steun (ons in) onze strijd tegen de(aards-)vijanden,
geef kracht en draag bij met Uw hulp.

Aan U, o drieëne Heer,
komt eeuwige eer toe,
U, die ons in het (hemelse) Vaderhuis
een leven geeft, waaraan geen einde komt.

Alternative Dutch translation

O offergave van ons heil
die ons de hemelpoort ontsluit;
aan wie de vijand onderdrukt
geef uw kracht en breng uw hulp.

De éne en drievoudige Heer
zij ongemeten heerlijkheid;
Hij moge 't leven zonder eind
ons geven in het Vaderland.

Hungarian.png Hungarian translation

Ó üdvösséges Áldozat,
ki eget nyitsz néped előtt:
ellenség hoz reánk hadat,
küldj segítséget, adj erőt!

Egy-háromságos Istenünk,
örök dicsőség teneked,
ki a hazában minekünk
adsz határtalan életet.

French.png French translation

Victime qui nous as sauvés
Et nous ouvres l'entrée du ciel:
Contre l'ennemi qui nous presse,
Rends-nous forts, porte-nous secours.

Éternelle gloire au Seigneur,
L'unique Dieu en trois personnes;
Qu'il nous donne, dans la patrie,
La vie qui jamais ne s'achève.

Portuguese.png Portuguese translation

Ó Hóstia que salva,
que abre as portas do céu!
Lutas adversas nos oprimem,
dá-nos força, traz-nos auxílio.

Ao Deus uno e trino
glória seja para sempre.
Dê-nos a vida eterna
na Pátria celestial.

Chinese.png Chinese translation