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ADORO TE DEVOTE

Hymn to the Holy Eucharist, written by St. Thomas Aquinas. Unlike the other hymns by St. Thomas, it was not originally composed for the feast of Corpus Christi. Until the liturgical revision after the Second Vatican Council, it was among the optional prayers in the Missal and the Breviary for recitation by the priest after Mass. There are some twenty-five English translations, of which one popular version begins, "Lord and God, devoutly you I now adore; Hidden under symbols, bread and wine no more."

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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