O Salutaris Hostia - David Truslove

Duration: 2'20"
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
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This setting of O Salutaris Hostia, written for Paul Brough and the choir of All Saints, Margaret Street, is by turns reflective and urgent. Its rich harmonies should present few difficulties for a competent choir which can briefly divide into eight parts.

O Salutaris Hostia is a two-verse fragment of the hymn Verbum Supernum Prodiens, written by St Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century for use in the Roman Catholic divine office of Lauds, where it is appointed for use on the feast of Corpus Christi. In English-speaking countries, it is also sung during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, at the point when the host is taken from the tabernacle.