Down in Adoration Falling

This is a hymn for Benediction.  It is an English-language translation of the last two verses of the Tantum Ergo, and can by sung to the original tune.

The translation was made by English clergyman, hymn-writer and Roman Catholic convert, Edward Caswall (1814-1878).

Although the text can be sung to the chant tone, it is traditionally sung to the tune CANTUS DIVERSI written by John Francis Wade (1711-1786), and this is the basis of the videos below.

More recently, it has been recorded by contemporary Christian music performers including Matt Maher - sometimes with different tunes or extended arrangements.


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Congregation and choir with organ:

Guitar backing, solo singer:

Instrumental - organ:


Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail,
Lo! o'er ancient forms departing
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying,
Where the feeble senses fail.

To the Everlasting Father,
And the Son Who reigns on high
With the Holy Ghost proceeding
Forth from Each eternally,
Be salvation, honour, blessing,
Might, and endless majesty.

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