Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, directed by Noel Edison. Live performance from the commissioned work, God So Loved the World. Premiered on Good Friday, March 2013 at St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto.
Ave verum corpus, natum de Maria Virgine,
vere passum, immolatum in cruce pro homine,
cuius latus perforatum fluxit aqua et sanguine
esto nobis praegustatum in mortis examine.
O Iesu dulcis, O Iesu pie, O Iesu, fili Mariae.
Hail, true body, born of the Virgin Mary,
who having truly suffered, was sacrificed on the cross for humankind,
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 pious Jesus, O Jesus, son of Mary,
have mercy on me.