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O salutaris hostia

Language: Latin

O salutaris hostia, 
quae coeli pandis ostium, 
Bella premunt hostilia, 
Da robur fer auxilium, 
uni trinoque Domino
sit sempiterna Gloria
qui vitam sine termino,
Nobis donet in patria.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FIN GER

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Submitted by Thomas A. Gregg


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , "O heilig, heilzaam offerlam", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , "O saving sacrifice", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Oi pelastava uhri", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-03-26.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:04
Line count: 8
Word count: 28

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O saving sacrifice

Language: English after the Latin

O saving sacrifice [victim], 
who opens wide the gates of heaven: 
our foes press on to war, 
give us strength when we ask for help. 
One God in Three, 
in everlasting glory, 
who lives forever, 
grant us our true home.

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Based on
  • a text in Latin by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225? - 1274), no title DUT FIN GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Emma Marie Albani, née Lajeunesse, Antônio Francisco Braga, André Caplet, Joaquim Torres Delgado de Carvalho, Marcel Dupré, Ange Flégier, Richard de Guide, Arthur Honegger, Brasílio Itiberê, Louis-Emmanuel Jadin, Josquin des Prez (attribution uncertain), Roland de Lassus, Alberto Nepomuceno, Louis-Étienne Rey, as Ernest Reyer, Gioacchino Antonio Rossini, Pierre de la Rue, Urmas Sisask, Glauco Velasquez, Gaspar von Weerbecke (attribution uncertain), Charles Marie Jean Albert Widor, Édouard Woolley. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2004-03-26.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:04
Line count: 8
Word count: 40