O Sacrum Convivium
Sarah MacDonald

Composer Sarah MacDonald
Text Attr. to St. Thomas Aquinas
Voicing SATB, a cappella
Topic Communion, Passion
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Released 6/23
Cat. no. 410-424
Difficulty Mod. Difficult

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Sarah MacDonald has written an atmospheric and solemn setting of Thomas Aquinas's classic Eucharist text. Beginning with a single line, the music increases in harmonic texture and volume (though remains entirely homophonic) to a glorious climax. The Alleluias of the ending return the mood to quiet again. There is no divisi, and the lines move naturally and largely stepwise, making it a not difficult, but highly effective, choice for a communion motet. Commissioned for the Association of Anglican Musician's 2023 conference in Dallas, Texas.




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

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 to us is given.


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