Veni, Sancte Spiritus

baptisterydovThe 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,
dulce refrigerium.

In labore requies,
in aestu temperies,
in fletu solatium.

O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.

Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.

Lava quod est sordidum,
riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium.

Flecte quod est rigidum,
fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.

Da tuis fidelibus,
in te confidentibus,
sacrum septenarium.

Da virtutis meritum,
da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium.

 

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,
sweet consolation.

In labor, rest,
in heat, temperance,
in tears, solace.

O most blessed light,
fill the inmost heart
of your faithful.

Without your grace,
there is nothing in us,
nothing that is not harmful.

Cleanse that which is unclean,
water that which is dry,
heal that which is wounded.

Bend that which is inflexible,
fire that which is chilled,
correct what goes astray.

Give to your faithful,
those who trust in you,
the sevenfold gifts.

Grant the reward of virtue,
grant the deliverance of salvation,
grant eternal joy.

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.
Amen.

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.

Amen.

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.

The Pentecost Mosaic, in the center of which is the dove of the Holy Spirit with the twelve apostles below. This is one of the oldest mosaics in St. Mark's Basilica, in Venice, dating from 1125 AD.

The Pentecost Mosaic, in the center of which is the dove of the Holy Spirit with the twelve apostles below. This is one of the oldest mosaics in St. Mark’s Basilica, in Venice, dating from 1125 AD. More sizes of this image here, including one very large and detailed.