Caro mea vere est cibus

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General information

John 6:56-ff has been a popular source for various motet texts on the theme of the Eucharist. The Solesmes books give two 'standard' texts, both based on vv. 56-57: the Alleluia verse for Corpus Christi (at Gregobase), and a Communion for St. Ignatius (Feb 1) which substitutes "illo" for the last word (Gregobase).

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Text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

56  Caro mea vere est cibus: et sanguis meus vere est potus.
57  Qui manducat meam carnem et bibit meum sanguinem in me manet, et ego in eo [illo].
58  Sicut me misit vivens Pater et ego vivo propter patrem et qui manducat me et ipse
vivet propter me.
59  Hic est panis qui de caelo descendit non sicut manducaverunt patres vestri manna et mortui sunt.
Qui manducat hunc panem vivet in aeternum.

German.png German translation

56  Mein Fleisch ist wirklich eine Speise, und mein Blut ist wirklich ein Trank.
57  Wer mein Fleisch ißt und mein Blut trinkt, bleibt in mir und ich in ihm.
58  Wie mich der lebendige Vater gesandt hat, so wird, wer mich ißt, auch selbst leben wegen mir.

English.png English translation

56  My flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
57  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.
58  As the living Father hath sent me and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, the same
also shall live by me.
59  This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna and are dead.
He that eateth this bread shall live for ever.

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