PODCAzT 87: Veni Sancte Spiritus – The Pentecost Sequence dissected

I started this one thinking that I could make a fast audio project and then move on.  Ha!

In this PODCAzT I dissect the Pentecost Sequence, Veni Sancte Spiritus, also used during the Octave of Pentecost in the traditional Roman calendar.

I give you some background on what a sequence is, what an octave is and then we start drilling.

First we hear the Latin text and a good translation.   Then see start looking at the structure of the prayer.

That is when things get interesting.  I found a few things I had never noticed.

This is a profound glimpse at mystery, folks.

This is the Roman Rite at her finest.



086 09-05-30 Year for Priests; Pius IX on priests, Mass and Holy Days of obligation
085 09-05-03 Gregory the Great on the Good Shepherd
084 09-04-30 St. Pius V and Quo primum
083 09-04-19 St. Augustine on the challenge of remaining faithful
082 09-03-19 St. Joseph: a hymn dissected & sermon of Bernardine of Siena
081 09-03-13 Benedict XVI’s Letter on SSPX excomms; your voicemail

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  1. Mary Conces says:

    Thank you, Father Z. I sorely needed a connection to the Holy Spirit tonight.
    Do you have a playlist of the music? It was particularly beautiful.

  2. When I have a bit of time I will try to post that playlist with some links to where you can get it.

  3. little gal says:

    Father,thanks for your exposition of this sequence. I have been reading it all week and have a copy bedside. It is mesmerizing in its poetry…

  4. J. Bennett says:

    Thank you Father.

    I must ask, how was it that anyone ever could conceive to do away with such beautiful things as these?

  5. J. Bennett: I really don’t know. I cannot fathom this.

  6. Michael says:

    Thanks for this podcast, Father. I especially enjoyed your discussion of the liturgical imperative.

  7. Thomas says:

    Could you please lower the volume of the background music? God bless you.

  8. Roland de Chanson says:

    Outstanding podcast, thank you, Fr. Z. Your lectures point up how much of the Catholic and classical heritage has been lost at the hands of the secular and liturgical vandals of our time.

    And another vote for the playlist!

  9. puella says:

    Fr. Z, many thanks again for this podcast! I was listening to it whilst cycling to a friend’s house, and more than once wanted to stop, take out pen and paper, and take notes! You need to set up a university or at least a Summer School or something :)

  10. Dr. Eric says:

    Thank you very much, Father. I had some very intense prayer time during the podcast. I can still hear it…

    Veni, Pater pauperum… Come, Father of the poor.

    My face is still flushed.

  11. Jonathan says:

    Dear Father Z:

    Thank you for two more great PodcaZts. As I have ofetn posted before, I listen to them on business travel and they are a real life line, a real blessing.

    On J.Bennett’s point, I am frequently caught up with your musical selections. When you have time, I would really appreciate a playlist of the music on ALL your recent podcaZts.

  12. Betty Stevens says:

    This is a wonderful audio treat. Can you tell me the other times when a Sequence is used?

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