For the Spirit of the Lord has filled the world, and that which hold all things together knows what is said.
The Introit for Pentecost reflects the strength and power of the text — a passage from the Wisdom of Solomon, set in Mode 8. The opening passage starts on the lowest note of the piece, giving it a brooding, mysterious quality. It quickly ascends to its highest point on the word replevit (fills), demonstrating the expansiveness of the Holy Spirit’s action. The two phrases are punctuated with joyful Alleluias. The entire piece exudes an energy and authority, reflective of the Gift that was so lavishly poured out on the day of Pentecost.