By Sr. Fidelis
Known as the Golden Sequence, Veni, Sancte Spiritus is a stunning chant, sung directly after the Alleluia on the day of Pentecost. It was most likely written by Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canturbury in the early 1200’s. The text is an array of attributes of the Holy Spirit, as well as an outpouring of supplications and acknowledgment of our great need for this most gracious Guest. Listen to this prayer sung to the third Member of the Trinity.
O best comforter, sweet guest of the soul, sweet refreshment.
In labor, rest; in heat, coolness; in tears, solace.
Without your consent, there is nothing in man, nothing is innocent.
Bend what is rigid, warm what is cold, make straight what is devious.