Pentecost Sequence

pentecost247A “sequence” is a chant or hymn that originated in Latin and is recited or sung before the reading of the gospel. Most date back to the Middle Ages, during which sequences evolved into a musical genre. Few remain as part of any Mass, but Pentecost’s is one of them. Today’s Veni Sancte Spiritus is called the “Golden Sequence” and is attributed to Pope Innocent III. Medieval theologian Josse Clichtove proclaimed it “above all praise because of its wondrous sweetness, clarity of style, pleasant brevity combined with wealth of thought.” Pray this sequence today….

Praying Pentecost

As we prepare to celebrate the feast of Pentecost, we offer the following for your prayer and reflection.

Part of the legacy of Pentecost is prayer. The prayers of people like you keep the church alive. Do you believe in the power of your prayers? I hope you do, because it is God’s power living in this church. It is restoring people to health, it is meeting people in their moment of need. Prayer is working right here.

Spirit of Christ, stir me; Spirit of Christ, move me;
Spirit of Christ, fill me; Spirit of Christ, seal me.
Create in me a fountain of virtues. Seal my soul as
Your own, that Your reflection in me may be a light for all to see.

pentecost247Breathe in me O Holy Spirit
that my thoughts may all be holy; Act in me O Holy Spirit that my works, too, may be holy;
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit that I love but what is holy;
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit to defend that is holy;
Guard me then O Holy Spirit that I always may be holy. St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)

We light a candle and enjoy the flickering light the fragrance and warmth it creates.
But without the spark that ignites there will be no flame Without the wax the source of power
the wick will not burn. Without the flame there will be no fragrance no warmth, no light.

And so with us, Lord You are the catalyst that ignites us and the fuel that sustains us.
You fill us with your fragrance as you enter our lives. You empower us to carry your flame in our hearts
To be the fragrance, warmth and light of your love in this dark world.


Here’s a widget with songs you can choose from each day to set the mood for prayer.

Pentecost by Therese Rich, OSU on Grooveshark

Take me where you want me to go,
Let me meet who you want me to meet
Tell me what you want me to say,
and keep me out of your way.

-The Rev. Mychal Judge O.F.M.