1 Welcomed with joy be our hallowed solemnity,
Full be the praise from the heart that rejoices,
Past be the old, and renewed be energies,
Feelings, endeavors, and voices.
2 For we that last holy Supper commemorate,
When the Messiah, in Writ as recorded,
Gave to His brethren the Lamb and unleavened,
Erst to the Fathers awarded.
3 After the Feast and the Lamb emblematical,
Gave He Himself, whom the rite was foreshowing,
Thus their Lord's Body, to each and to every,
On His Apostles bestowing.
4 Gave He the Body, support to their feebleness;
Gave He the Cup, too, their sorrow relieving;
Saying: "Drink all of the Blood of My Covenant,
That which I give you receiving."
5 Thus He established the life-giving Sacrifice;
Thus to the Priesthood its office assigned,
That they partake, and to others administer,
Meetly what He had designed.
Source: Laudis Corona: the new Sunday school hymn book, containing a collection of Catholic hymns, arranged for the principal seasons and festivals of the year #189