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Pange lingua / Tantum ergo

M. Roger Holland, II

Text Author: Thomas Aquinas

Translator: James Quinn

English para. © 1969, 1989 James Quinn, SJ. Publ. by OCP. Music © 2020 GIA.

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Vocal Forces: SATB

Accompaniment: Piano

Text Source: Latin: Thomas Aquinas, 1227–1274; English para. James Quinn, SJ, 1919–2010

Series: In Spirit and Truth

Difficulty Level: E/M


This edition for Holy Thursday was written to reflect African American idioms. “Pange lingua” has rhythm and motion, yet acknowledges the solemn tone of the liturgical moment. As the ritual action moves from procession to adoration and repose, the setting moves to “Tantum ergo.” Though it, too, should have motion, it is more reflective of this most solemn moment: the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The closing “Amen” ending on a perfect fifth recalls the style of ancient chant and organum.



Categories: African American, Choral/Vocal, Liturgical

Liturgical: Holy Thursday, Body and Blood of Christ

Rites: Eucharist, Eucharistic Adoration / Benediction

Topical: Praise

Number of Pages: 12

Language: English

Format: Octavo