by Sr Fidelis
The hymn consists of two musically balanced phrases, giving the perfect framework for the text which describes the mystery of the Redemption in dense imagery. The range encompasses a full octave, which gives an expansive quality to the melody. Below is a literal translation of the remaining verses.
By tasting the most holy body and the rosy blood of him
who was parched on the altar of the cross, we live to God.
Protected on the evening of Passover from the destroying angel,
from Pharaoh’s harsh dominion we were delivered.
Now Christ is our Passover, the innocent Lamb is sacrificed:
unleavened bread of sincerity, he offered his own flesh.
Be to our hearts the perennial Easter joy, O Jesus,
and gather us in your triumphs who are reborn of grace.
O Jesus, to you be glory, you who shine forth, death conquered,
with the Father and the kind Spirit, for everlasting ages. Amen.