Ave Verum Corpus - W.A.Mozart



"Ave verum corpus" is a short Eucharistic hymn that has been set to music by various composers. It dates from the 14th century and has been attributed to Pope Innocent VI.[1]

During the Middle Ages it was sung at the elevation of the host during the consecration. It was also used frequently during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The poem is a meditation on the Catholic belief in Jesus's Real Presence in the sacrament of the Eucharist, and ties it to the Catholic conception of the redemptive meaning ofsuffering in the life of all believers.

Musical settings include Mozart's motet Ave verum corpus (K. 618) which has been a part of our repertoire since the start of 2015.