St Thomas Or Plainchant

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?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to St Thomas Or Plainchant

  1. Liam says:

    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.

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