‘Adoro Te Devote’ - Eucharistic Adoration in the Spirit of St Thomas Aquinas

Blessed Sacrament

Some of the best loved Eucharistic hymns - Adoro Te Devote, Tantum Ergo, Panis Angelicus - were written by one man, the Dominican friar St Thomas Aquinas. The Dominican friars of St Saviour's Priory (Dublin), which has been in existence for nearly 800 years, will marked the International Eucharistic Congress by inviting renowned preachers to explain the rich delights of these Eucharistic hymns, all in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, exposed for our veneration.

First Session: Fr Wojciech Giertych OP, the Pope's personal theologian preached a homily on the text of one of the best-loved Eucharistic hymns: the Pange Lingua, composed by St Thomas Aquinas OP for the feast of Corpus Christi.


Second Session: Fr Paul Murray OP, Professor of Spiritual Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum), Rome and a celebrated spiritual writer preached on the text of the Adoro Te itself. As a poet and a theologian, Fr Paul shares with us some insights into St Thomas as poet and theologian.


Third Session: Fr Terence Crotty, OP, a Scripture Scholar spoke on the Lauda Sion, the sequence for the feast for Corpus Christi written by our brother St Thomas Aquinas.


Fourth Session: Fr John Harris OP, who is well-known for his ministry to young people is also the Regent of Studies of the Irish Province of Dominicans. He spoke at the final evening session on the Verbum Supernum Prodiens, the hymn written by St Thomas Aquinas for Lauds of the feast of Corpus Christi.


The evening events started on Monday 11th June with music and silent adoration and also concluded with the Office of Compline, sung by the Dominican community, and the ancient tradition of the Salve Regina procession. Finally, on Saturday 16th June, St Saviour's hosted a day-long festival of Eucharistic adoration.