OLDIE PODCAzT 87 (2009): Veni Sancte Spiritus – The Pentecost Sequence dissected

Here is an oldie PODCAzT made back in 2009.  How time flies.


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.


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  1. Father K says:

    ‘This is the Roman Rite at her finest.’ And so now it is optional. In other words rarely said. ‘Too long’ would be the cry no doubt.

  2. jameeka says:

    Thank you, Reverend Father Zuhlsdorf. This continues to be one of my favorite of all time podcaZts.

  3. Henry Edwards says:

    Father K: “And so now it is optional. In other words rarely said.”

    Except on Pentecost Sunday, I assume you mean. Since it is mandatory that the Veni Sancte Spiritus be sung or said before the Allelulia in the Mass of Pentecost, according to the 2002 GIRM:

    “64. The Sequence, which is optional except on Easter Sunday and on Pentecost Day, is sung before the Alleluia.”

  4. Volanges says:

    Sadly, this Sequence is treated as optional in my parish and is never sung or said.

  5. jhayes says:

    Except on Pentecost Sunday, I assume you mean.

    Sunday, literally. The Sequence is not required at the Vigil Mass on Saturday unless the Sunday Mass is used in its place.

    See: HERE

  6. Suburbanbanshee says:

    At my parish, Father came over before Mass to remind the choir director to have someone sing the sequence! Since I know it pretty well from previous choir experience, and the others didn’t, I got tapped to sing it solo. Thanks to the Holy Spirit, it went okay! But I do not recommend this….

    (Everybody in choirs, remember to study up before Mass! And always read this blog to be reminded!)

    On the brighter side, it is super great that Father made sure we were singing the sequence!

  7. Elizabeth D says:

    We had the sequence, but in English. I sung some of it that I could remember in Latin from my pew. The Veni Creator was sung in Latin during the Confirmations.

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