Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

By Cantor

Come, Holy Spirit!

Though we are again into ‘Ordinary Time”, the sheer joy of the sounds of the Pentecost Hymn Veni, Creator Spiritus and sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus echo in my ears. Just as the chants associated with other seasons of the liturgical year have particular characteristics, the hymns for Pentecost are musical “wind and fire”!  I was reminded as we rehearsed last Wednesday night how Mary Berry began each of her chant sessions with this hymn – a beautiful invocation asking for the blessing of the Holy Spirit. What better way to open the Pentecost Eucharist than to ask for that same blessing!

Also like Easter, we responded to the “Alleluia” with the beloved Golden Sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus. Quite fabulous it is that the Holy Spirit inspired the Church to keep the Easter and Pentecost sequences! It is as though we have been given chant “send-offs” from the Holy Spirit to inspire us for the remainder of the liturgical year!

Veni, Creator Spiritus!

Chant Blog.June 8.2014
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About Cantor

I have been a cantor for over 25 years and an organist for most of my life. Chanting with people at home and across the country is one of my greatest joys. I remember the days of staring at the section of our undergraduate music text thinking to myself "what are all those dots and WHY do I need to know about them?!" Now, 33 years later, I am so grateful that those "dots" have helped teach me many things about God and His love!

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