Wednesday, May 23, 2012
There are several days on the church calendar (Easter, Pentecost, Corpus Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows) when the liturgy calls for a "sequence," a special hymn that may be sung or recited before the proclamation of the gospel. Above you'll find the sequence for Pentecost in its chant form and with an English translation. (For a larger version, click on YouTube in the menu on the video.)
You don't need to wait until Sunday to make this part of your prayer! Listen, and each simple verse become part of your prayer...
Come Holy Spirit,
and send forth from heaven the ray of your light.
Come, Father of the poor;
come giver of gifts; come, light of hearts.
You, best consoler,
sweet guest of the soul, sweet coolness:
in labor, rest; in heat, refreshment; in tears, solace.
O most blessed light,
fill the inmost recesses of the hearts of your faithful.
Without your divine assistance
there is nothing in man, nothing innocent.
Cleanse what is base,
bedew what is parched, heal what is wounded;
bend what is rigid, warm what is chilled, guide what is astray.
Give to your faithful confiding in you your sevenfold gifts.
Give them the reward of virtue;
give them a happy death; give them eternal joy.
(And at the top of the sidebar there's a widget with 24 more songs to help us prepare and celebrate Pentecost.)
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Posted by Austin Fleming at 10:07 PM