The "Golden Sequence"
Veni, Sancte Spiritus
Come, Holy Ghost,
send down those beams,
which sweetly flow in silent streams,
from Thy bright throne above.
O, come, Thou Father of the poor;
O, come, Thou source of all our store,
come fill our hearts with love.
O Thou, of comforters the best,
O Thou, the soulís delightful guest,
the pilgrimís sweet relief.
Rest art Thou in our toil,
refreshment in the noon day
heat and solace in our grief.
O blessed Light of life Thou art;
fill with Thy light the inmost heart
of those who hope in Thee.
Without Thy Godhead nothing can,
have any price or worth in man,
nothing can harmless be.
Lord, wash our sinful stains away,
refresh from heaven our barren clay,
our wounds and bruises heal.
To Thy sweet yoke our stiff necks bow,
warm with Thy fire our hearts of snow,
our wandering feet recall.
Grant to Thy faithful, dearest Lord,
whose only hope is Thy sure Word,
the sevenfold gifts of grace.
Grant us in life Thy grace,
in peace may die and ever be,
in joy before Thy face.
From the Roman Missal, translation by John Austin (1613-1669)
Veni, Sancte Spiritus, known as the Golden Sequence, is the
sequence for the Mass for Pentecost. It is commonly regarded
as one of the greatest masterpieces of sacred Latin poetry
ever written. Its beauty and depth have been praised by many.
The hymn has been attributed to three different authors,
King Robert II the Pious of France (970-1031), Pope
Innocent III (1161-1216), and Stephen Langton (d 1228),
Archbishop of Canterbury, of which the last is most likely the author.
Miracle of Pentecost
by Andrea da Firenze; 1366-67; Fresco, Cappellone degli Spagnoli, Santa Maria Novella, Florence
Octave of Pentecost
The gift of Wisdom
is an Illumination of the Holy Ghost,
thanks to which our intellect is able to look at revealed
truths in their more sublime light to the greater joy of our souls.
WHIT MONDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The gift of Understanding
enlightens us by shedding a clear,
searching and extraordinary light on the meaning of revealed truth,
and by giving us a certitude that what God has revealed bears much
and such a sense and no other.
TUESDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The gift of Counsel
is a light given by the Holy Ghost, by means of
which our practical intellect sees and judges rightly both what should
be done in individual cases and the best means to do it.
EMBER WEDNESDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The gift of Fortitude
is a permanent power which the Holy Ghost
communicates to our will to assist us in overcoming the difficulties
which might deter us in the practice of what is right.
THURSDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The gift of Knowledge
is a supernatural light of the Holy Ghost which
shows us the credibility and acceptability of revealed truths, even for
reasons which are based only on the order of creation.
EMBER FRIDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The gift of Piety
awakens in our souls an inclination and readiness to
glorify God as our Father and to have a filial confidence in Him.
EMBER SATURDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The gift of Holy Fear,
or the Fear of God,
is actually the foundation of
all other gifts. It drives sin from the heart, because it fills us with
reverence either for the justice of God or for the divine majesty.
TRINITY SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
In the second part of the year, the six months from Trinity Sunday
to Advent, the Holy Ghost whose reign begins at Pentecost, comes to
repeat to us what our Lord Himself has taught us in the first part,
the six months from Advent to Trinity Sunday.
The fundamental truth on which everything in the Christian religion
rests is the dogma of the Holy Trinity from whom all comes, and to
whom all baptized in His name must return.
From the Saint Andrew Daily Missal
Prayer to the Holy Trinity
GLORY BE TO THE FATHER,
Who by His almighty power and
love created me, making me in the
image and likeness of God.
GLORY BE TO THE SON,
Who by His Precious Blood
delivered me from hell, and
opened for me the gates of heaven.
GLORY BE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT,
Who has sanctified me in the
sacrament of Baptism, and
continues to sanctify me by the
graces I receive daily from His bounty.
GLORY BE TO THE THREE ADORABLE
PERSONS OF THE HOLY TRINITY
NOW AND FOREVER. Amen
The Octave of Pentecost
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