Anticipation

By Sr. Fidelis

There is a wonderful turn in the liturgy, starting with Week 6 of Eastertide. The message of Jesus’ impending departure, and his promise of the Holy Spirit’s coming begin to filter through the various antiphons and Propers for the next two weeks. Spiritus Sanctus is this year’s Communion piece.

The text from John 14:26 states: “The Holy Spirit will teach you whatever I have said to you.” This succinct chant is filled with triumphant joy, which is displayed in the major sound of Mode 8. It fluctuates back and forth between its Home Tone SOL and Reciting Tone DO, giving it a sense of real conversation.

Spiritus Sanctus

 

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About Sr. Fidelis

I am 46 years old, and have been a Sister at the Community of Jesus for 26 years. Having grown up here, I have been singing Gregorian chant since I was 10! I was very blessed to study Gregorian chant with Dr. Mary Berry in Cambridge, England and here at home. Recently, I have been able to do some radio and tv interviews, sharing about the blessings of Gregorian chant. I love leading chant workshops, and have been able to do that in the US and abroad.

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