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Greet We This Mystery Yearly Returning

This Communion hymn was translated by English  Roman Catholic priest, theologian and author Ronald A Knox (1888-1957), from Sacris Solemniis by St Thomas Aquinas ((1227·74).    It is particularly appropriate for Holy Thursday - although the language used may be seen as too dense/complicated for some communities.

Hymn-books which it has been published in include:

It was included in a 1969 recording of hymns for Christ the King and Advent, made in Australia (ref), but no on-line examples have been found.

With meter 11.11.12.8, it is set to a tune called SACRIS SOLEMNIS which in 1939 was described as an "Old Downside tune" - based on this, it is assumed to be in the public domain.


Jesus at the table of the Last Supper on the Thursday night before his crucifixion


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Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available page 77 of this book.    The hymn has seven verses, each four lines long. A rough outline is
1 Greet we this mystery yearly returning ...

2 Christ, in the sight of his brethren reclining ...

3 After that offering made for a token ...

4 His body fortified spirits that sickened ...

5 Thence this unaltering sacrifice floweth ...

6 Man makes repast in this banquet supernal ...

7 0 gracious Trinity, fill, we implore thee ...


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