Veni Sancte Spiritus
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"Veni Sancte Spiritus", sometimes called the Golden Sequence, is a sequence prescribed in the Roman Liturgy for the Masses of Pentecost and its octave, exclusive of the following Sunday. It is usually attributed to either the thirteenth-century Pope Innocent III or to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Stephen Langton, although it has been attributed to others as well.
"Veni Sancte Spiritus" is one of only four medieval Sequences which were preserved in the Roman Missal published in 1570 following the Council of Trent (1545–63). Before Trent many feasts had their own sequences. It is still sung today in some parishes on Pentecost.
It has been set to music by a number of composers, especially during the Renaissance, including Dufay, Josquin, Willaert, Palestrina, John Dunstaple, Lassus, Victoria, and Byrd. Later composers who have set the text include Arvo Pärt, Morten Lauridsen, Frank La Rocca, George Fenton, and Samuel Webbe.
|Original Latin text||Literal English translation||ICEL English translation||J. M. Neale's translation|
Veni, Sancte Spiritus,
Come, Holy Spirit,
Holy Spirit, Lord of light,
Come, Thou holy Paraclete,
Marc-Antoine Charpentier, one setting, H.364, H.364 a, for 3 voices and bc (1690s)
- Liber Usualis, pp. 880-81. Solesmes 1961.
- David Hiley, Western Plainchant : A Handbook (OUP, 1993), II.22, pp.172-195
- Cyber Hymnal, "O" titles, #347 http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/c/t/h/cthscome.htm
- "Veni, Sancte Spiritus". www.preces-latinae.org.
- "Holy Spirit, Lord of light, From Thy clear celestial height (Caswall) › Representative Texts | Hymnary.org". hymnary.org.
- "Come, Thou Holy Paraclete › Representative Texts | Hymnary.org". hymnary.org.