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Tantum ergo – part 1

This hymn usually comes right before the actual Blessing of the Blessed Sacrament - or Benediction for short. We all kneel down - the English words run:

Down in adoration falling
this great Sacrament we hail
ancient types have long departed
newer rites of grace prevail
faith for all defects supplying
where the feeble senses fail.

Or in Latin

Tantum
so great
ergo
therefore
Sacramentum
a Sacrament

veneremur
let us venerate
cernui
bowing down

et
and
antiquum
ancient
documentum
ordinance

novo
to the new
cedat
let him/her/it give place
ritui
to the rite

praestet
let he/she/it offer
fides
faith
supplementum
a supply

sensuum
of the senses
defectui
for the deficiency

See this hymn in action at St Peter's Basilica with Pope Benedict XVI.

1. What does CERNUI mean?
 
 
 
 

Question 1 of 10

2. What does TANTUM mean?
 
 
 
 

Question 2 of 10

3. Match these together:
of the senses
ancient
therefore
let us venerate
faith
sensuum
antiquum
fides
ergo
veneremur

Question 3 of 10

4. Arrange the first few words in order – good to know these well, ready to sing!
  • tantum
  • cernui
  • Sacramentum
  • veneremur
  • ergo

Question 4 of 10

5. What is defective or deficient about our senses?
 
 
 
 

Question 5 of 10

6. Match the forms of the adjective NOVA, NOVUS, NOVUM to the substantives.
Sacramentum
Regina
ritui
Dominus
nova
novo
novum
novus

Question 6 of 10

7. CEDAT means let him/her/it give place.
 
 

Question 7 of 10

8. Match up the forms of PRAESTO – I offer.
you offer
let he/she/it offer
I offer
to offer
he/she/it offers
praesto
praestet
praestare
praestas
praestat

Question 8 of 10

9. Fill in the missing words from the middle of the first verse of Tantum Ergo: antiquum documentum novo ritui

Question 9 of 10

10. DOCUMENTUM means
 
 
 
 

Question 10 of 10