The church, as she awaits the Solemnity of Pentecost, prays with that beautiful Sequence, Veni Sancte Spiritus, probably composed by Stephen Langton (d 1228), Archbishop of Canterbury. In this liturgical treasure, according to scholars, the verse form and phrasing are flawless. The sentiment is so strong, the sentiment is so pure – matchless doctrinal insights that are sure and uplifting.
|Veni, Sancte Spiritus,
et emitte caelitus
lucis tuae radium.Veni, pater pauperum,
veni, dator munerum,
veni, lumen cordium.Consolator optime,
dulcis hospes animae,
In labore requies,
O lux beatissima,
Sine tuo numine,
Lava quod est sordidum,
Flecte quod est rigidum,
Da tuis fidelibus,
Da virtutis meritum,
|Come, Holy Spirit,
send forth the heavenly
radiance of your light.Come, father of the poor,
come, giver of gifts,
come, light of the heart.Greatest comforter,
sweet guest of the soul,
In labor, rest,
O most blessed light,
Without your grace,
Cleanse that which is unclean,
Bend that which is inflexible,
Give to your faithful,
Grant the reward of virtue,
During these days we may imagine ourselves gathered in the cenacle gathered around the Virgin Mary, the Queen of the Apostles, eagerly awaiting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to embolden us with the courage to witness to the truth of the Gospel. Let us wait with simplicity, while we also enjoy the nobility and beauty of the tradition of the Latin Church. This prayer is also beautifully constructed that renders fitting praise to the Most Beautiful of all, the Triune God.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord.
Veni, Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium: et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Oremus. Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere; et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
So we turn to the Holy Spirit on this Solemnity, the 50th day of Easter tide with an earnest and humble prayer. Come Spirit of love, pour that love into our hearts. Come, Holy Spirit, Come.