Cathedral Church of St Mary

Newcastle upon Tyne



These newly created banners feature the beautiful ‘Pieta’ painting by William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) and the medieval prayer ‘Anima Christi’.

Translated and published as an English hymn by Edward Caswell in the early nineteenth century, it is more familiar to us as the opening verse of ‘Soul of My Saviour’. These words have a rich association with the Eucharist, Baptism and Christ’s Passion and as such are often sung at communion during Holy Week.

A loose translation would be:

Anima Christi, Sanctifica me.
Soul of my Saviour Sanctify my breast.
Corpus Christi, Salve me
Body of Christ, Be thou my saving guest.
Sangus Christi, inebria me.
Blood of my Saviour, Bathe me in thy tide.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me
Wash me with waters flowing from His side.

One of the new Holy Week Banners in the Cathedral