Ave Verum Corpus

Ave Verum Corpus natum
de Maria Virgine,
vere passum immolatum
in cruce pro homine:
cuius latus perforatum
unda fluxit et sanguine.
Esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.

O Iesu dulcis!
O Iesu pie!
O Iesu Fili Mariae
miserere mei. Amen.
Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
who has truly suffered,
and was sacrificed
on the cross for mankind:
whose side was pierced,
whence flowed water and blood.
Be for us a foretaste of heaven,
during our final trial,

O Jesu sweet,
O Jesu merciful,
O Jesu Son of Mary,
have mercy on me. Amen.


Listen: Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618, a motet for chorus, strings, and organ (1791)
Stockholm Radio Chorus / Stockholm Chamber Choir / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Riccardo Muti