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Jarring. Unnerving. Uniting. Pentecost

Pentecost. Jarring. Unnerving. Compelling. Disturbing. Provocative. Uniting.That’s Pentecost. Ultimately Pentecost is uniting. Pentecost is when the many voices come into One. I keep trying to think of what to say about that today, but the words are unwieldy, going here and there – the Spirit, blows where It will, I can’t control that.

Maybe my words are not needed today. I present you with some music, different settings of the words to Veni Creator Spiritus. (The Veni Creator Spiritus words are at the end of the post, in Latin and in English.)



Provocative. (this won’t embed – please go to the link below.)
veni creator by pierreminvielle

Veni Creator Spiritus – English below
Veni, Creator Spiritus
Veni, creator Spiritus
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia,
quae tu creasti pectora.

Qui diceris Paraclitus,
altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas
et spiritalis unctio.

Tu septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae
tu rite promissum Patris
sermone ditans guttura.

Accende lumen sensibus,
infunde amorem cordibus,
infirma nostri corporis,
virtute firmans perpeti.

Hostem repellas longius
pacemque dones protinus;
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.

Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio qui a mortuis
Surrexit, ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula.

Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator, come,
From your bright heav’nly throne,
Come take possession of our souls,
And make them all your own.

You who are called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above,
The living spring, the living fire,
Sweet unction and true love.

You who are sev’nfold in your grace,
Finger of God’s right hand
His promise teaching little ones
To speak an understand.

O guide our minds with your bless’d light,
With love our hearts inflame;
And with your strength, which ne’er decays
Confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our deadly foe;
True peace unto us bring;
And through all perils lead us safe
Beneath your sacred wing.

All glory to the Father be,
With his coequal Son;
The same to you, great Paraclete,
While endless ages run.


One Response

  1. Fran, I love your list of descriptors….it’s good to remember that the Spirit’s movements can jar and unnerve as well as delight! The Holy Spirit is not “God-lite”!!

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