Asked to play Benediction last night. I asked the deacon which tune was more familiar for Tantum Ergo, St Thomas or the plainchant. I didn’t refer to them as such; I just sang the two. I was hoping for door number two, but I got the hymn tune. Most everybody prefers that one, it seems.
I like this one best of all. It’s in Hymnal 1940.
Any preferences out there?
Now that I think about it, I’ve not heard ST THOMAS used unless the English text is being sung, which is a long time ago, then. (Alternative first line: Tantum ergo makes your hair grow if you use it faithfully), and even in one of my local parishes given over to years of P&W style music mixed with Missalette Beige, I was quite surprised to hear the PIPs sing the Latin chant/tune heartedly one Holy Thursday some 5-10 year ago).
Notion: The Hymnal 1940 chant might be good for choral insertions between stanzas if you have a long procession on Holy Thursday …. even better if it’s been used during Lent so that it’s less strange to the ears of the PIPs.