1908 – Born in Avignon (December 11)
1914 – Father joins army/moves with mother and
brother to Grenoble
1919 – Family moves to Paris/studies at the Paris
Conservatoire with Dupré, Dukas, Emmanuel, and
1931 – Becomes organist at the church of La
Trinité in Paris
1932 – Marries Claire Delbos
1936 – “La Jeune France”
1937 – Birth of son, Pascal/O Sacrum Convivium!
1939 – Called to military service as medical
1940 – Taken prisoner of war/Quatuor pour la fin
1944 – Wrote “Technique de mon langage
1959 – Death of first wife
1961 – Marries Yvonne Loriod
1966 – Becomes professor of composition at Paris
(lots of composing/teaching until…)
1992 – Messiaen dies (April 28)
O Sacrum Convivium
O Sacred Banquet
O sacrum convivium, O sacred banquet,
in quo Christus sumitur: in which Christ is received,
recolitur memoria passionis the memory of His Passion is
mens impletur gratia et the mind is filled with grace,
futurae gloriae nobis pignus and a pledge of future glory is
datur. given to us.
O sacred banquet! in which Christ is received:
the memory of His Passion is renewed; the mind is filled with grace,
the mind is filled with grace. O sacred, sacred…
sacred, sacred, O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received,
the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory
is given to us, Alleluia.
O sacred, sacred banquet!
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