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Ave Verum Corpus

Full Title Ave Verum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Notes A traditional choice for a choir to sing at a wedding, although not specifically a wedding song, it is well known - at least by choirs!

Duration 3 minutes

Performers required More usually performed by Organ and Choir, can also be sung as a solo song: Organ and Soprano, or played by the organ alone

Source of printed music Organ Arrangement by Anthea Smith - in the book The Essential Book Of Wedding Music, published by Kevin Mayhew, 1995.


Ave verum corpus, natum ex Maria Virgine,
Vere passum, immolatum in cruce pro homine.
Cujus latus vero fluxit sanguine:
Esto nobis praegustatum, mortis in examine.

Hail, true body, born of the Virgin Mary. who truly
suffered and was sacrificed on the cross for mankind.
From whose pierced side flowed water and blood.
O mayʼst thou, dear Lord, be given at deathʼs hour to be my food:

Words from a sequence hymn for Corpus Christi by Pope Innocent VI (d. 1342)

Cantique de Jean Racine - Fauré 1

Cantique de Jean Racine - Fauré 2

A famous choir anthem - nothing to do with weddings or marriage, but an atmospheric piece, nonetheless.