Next weekend’s Raphael Choir anthem is the perennial staple of Panis Angelicus, which translates into “Bread of Angels.” Since next week is the Feast of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (also known as Corpus Christi), the text of the piece is quite fitting. The text was originally penned by none other than St. Thomas Aquinas himself, although it is just part of a longer hymn called Sacris solemniis which the saint wrote as part of a complete liturgy for the feast of Corpus Christi. The text has been set to different music by various composers over the years, but the most popular is the version the choir will be singing which was written by Cesar Franck. In case you need to brush up on your Latin, the translation is: Thus Angels’ Bread is made / the Bread of man today: / the Living Bread from heaven / with figures dost away: / O wondrous gift indeed! / the poor and lowly may / upon their Lord and Master feed. / Thee, therefore, we implore, / O Godhead, One in Three, / so may Thou visit us / as we now worship Thee; / and lead us on Thy way, / That we at last may see / the light wherein Thou dwellest aye. / Amen.