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    PANIS ANGELICUS INSTRUMENTAL here features solo piano and orchestra - strings, woodwinds, and background voices. To hear this version with an additional solo violin on the introduction to the song, find "Panis Angelicus Instrumental Violin Intro" on our Brides and Bridesmaids album here:

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Panis Angelicus Instrumental is an orchestral arrangement, reverent and worshipful. Words by St. Thomas Aquinas; musical setting by Cesar Franck. Panis Angelicus translates "Bread Of Heaven" and was originally from the music for the feast of Corpus Christi which Aquinas had written. It is a strophe from the hymn Sacris Solemniis, which strophe has often been set to music, this version by Franck by far being the most familiar.


Panis Angelicus Lyrics:

Panis angelicus
Fit panis hominum
Dat panis coelicus
Figuris terminum
O res mirabilis

Manducat Dominum
Pauper, pauper
Servus et humilis
Pauper, pauper
Servus et humilis

Panis angelicus
Fit panis hominum
Dat panis coelicus
Figuris terminum
O res mirabilis

Manducat Dominum
Pauper, pauper
Servus et humilis
Pauper, pauper
Servus, servus et humilis

An English translation of the Panis Angelicus lyrics from Wikipedia:

At this our solemn feast
let holy joys abound
and from the inmost breast
let songs of praise resound
let ancient rites depart
and all be new around
in every act and voice and heart.

Remember we that eve
when, the Last Supper spread
Christ, as we all believe
the Lamb, with leavenless bread
among His brethren shared
and thus the Law obeyed
of all unto their sire declared

The typic Lamb consumed
the legal Feast complete
the Lord unto the Twelve
His Body gave to eat
the whole to all, no less
the whole to each did mete
with His own hands, as we confess

He gave them, weak and frail
His Flesh, their Food to be
on them, downcast and sad
His Blood bestowed He
and thus to them He spake
"Receive this Cup from Me
and all of you of this partake."

So He this Sacrifice
to institute did will
and charged His priests alone
that office to fulfill
to them He did confide
to whom it pertains still
to take, and the rest divide.

Thus Angels' Bread is made
the Bread of man today
the Living Bread from heaven
with figures dost away
O wondrous gift indeed
the poor and lowly may
upon their Lord and Master feed

Thee, therefore, we implore
O Godhead, One in Three
so may Thou visit us
as we now worship Thee
and lead us on Thy way
That we at last may see
the light wherein Thou dwellest aye.


from Wedding Processional Songs for Brides Bridesmaids, released July 14, 2010
Panis Angelicus Instrumental - produced and arranged by Steve Millikan for Wedding Music Project. One version features Kara Day-Spurlock on solo violin. ©2010 Weedom & Reap/ASCAP/All Rights Reserved



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