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Ave verum corpus

"Ave verum corpus" is a short Eucharistic hymn that has been set to music by various composers. It dates from the 14th century and has been attributed to Pope Innocent VI.[1]

During the Middle Ages it was sung at the elevation of the host during the consecration. It was also used frequently during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The poem is a meditation on the Catholic belief in Jesus's Real Presence in the sacrament of the Eucharist, and ties it to the Catholic conception of the redemptive meaning of suffering in the life of all believers.


  • Text 1
  • Musical settings 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4



Ave verum corpus, natum
de Maria Virgine,[2]
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine
cuius latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine:[3]
esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.[4]

O Iesu dulcis, O Iesu pie,
O Iesu, fili Mariae.
Miserere mei. Amen.[5]

Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
who having truly suffered, was sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
whose pierced side
flowed with water and blood:
May it be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death.

O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus,
O Jesus, son of Mary,
have mercy on me. Amen.

Musical settings

Musical settings include

  • Mozart's Ave verum corpus at ChoralWiki
  • Elgar's Ave verum at ChoralWiki
  • Fredrik Sixtens setting of Ave Verum Corpus
  • William Byrd's Ave verum corpus at ChoralWiki
  • William Byrd's Ave verum corpus as interactive hypermedia at the BinAural Collaborative Hypertext site
  • Ave verum corpusMozart's : Scores at the International Music Score Library Project
  • Version in Gregorian chant

External links

  1. ^ p. 56, Rubin (1992) Miri. Cambridge Corpus Christi: The Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture Cambridge University Press
  2. ^ Other versions have ex Maria Virgine.
  3. ^ Other versions have unda fluxit et sanguine.
  4. ^ Other versions have mortis in examine.
  5. ^ Other versions have Miserere nobis.
  6. ^ p. 351, Heartz (2009) Daniel. New York. Mozart, Haydn and Early Beethoven: 1781–1802 W. W. Norton & Co.
  7. ^ "Raminsh-Ave-URegina Chamber Singers.m4v". YouTube. 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  8. ^ "BYU Singers - Ave Verum Corpus (Mawby)". YouTube. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  9. ^ """Archer "Ave Verum. YouTube. 2011-03-27. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  10. ^ """Gibbons "Ave Verum Corpus Op.90. YouTube. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 


. Philip Lawson and two versions by Fredrik Sixten (Wiener Sängerknaben) made some notable recordings of Mozart's "Ave verum corpus" in the 20th century. From the 21st century there is a setting by the Swedish composer Vienna Boys' Choir, a tribute to Mozart. The Mozartiana as one of the sections of his Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (there is also "Ave verum corpus", a separate work by Poulenc dated 1952). Mozart's version, with instruments only, was adapted by Dialogues of the Carmelites's Francis Poulenc. The text is even used in an opera, Evocation à la Chapelle Sixtine

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