O Sacred Banquet (O Sacrum Convivium) Dominican Prayer

The O Sacred Banquet (O Sacrum Convivium) prayer was composed as an antiphon for the Feast of Corpus Christi by St. Thomas Aquinas. It is also traditionally prayed by Dominicans preceding the hours of the Divine Office, especially if prayed before the Blessed Sacrament, and in other community gatherings.

ENGLISH

O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.

V. Thou didst give them bread from heaven:

R. Containing in itself all sweetness.

Let us pray.

O God, who under a wonderful Sacrament hast left us a memorial of Thy Passion; grant us, we beseech Thee, so to reverence the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, that we may ever feel within ourselves the fruit of Thy Redemption: Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

In Paschaltide the following prayer is said:

Pour upon us, O Lord, the Spirit of Thy love, to make us of one heart, whom, by Thy tender mercy, Thou hast filled with the paschal sacrament. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

LATIN

O sacrum convivium, in quo Christus sumitur: recolitur memoria passionis eius; mens impletur gratia et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur.

V. Panem de caelo praestitisti eis;

R. Omnem delectamentum in se habentem.

Oremus.

Deus, qui nobis sub Sacramento mirabili Passionis tuae memoriam reliquisti; tribue, quaesumus, ita nos Corporis et Sanguinis tui sacra mysteria venerari, ut redemptionis tuae fructum in nobis iugiter sentiamus: Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Tempore paschali sequens dicitur oratio:

Oremus.

Spiritum nobis, Domine, tuae caritatis infunde, ut, quos Sacramentis paschalibus satiasti, tua facias pietate concordes. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate eiusdem Spiritus Sancti Deus per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

St. Thomas Aquinas & Psalm 104:13

From the Lives of the Brethren:

The Chancellor of the University in Paris, having decreed [February 1256] that this same Brother Thomas should maintain his thesis publicly next day for the doctorate, that same night this brother beheld a figure come and stand before him with an open book in which were written the words:

“Thou waterest the hills from above, the earth shall be filled with the fruit of thy works” (Ps. ciii 13).

He therefore chose them for the text of his thesis.