Sunday, May 27, 2007

Solemnity of Pentecost

Next to Easter Sunday, this is the most important feast of the Church as it commemorates the birth of the Church in the upper room, or cenacle. If one sings the Veni Creator Spritus on Pentecost, a plenary indulgence is granted IF, besides singing the hymn:
1. sacramental confession is received close to this day
2. Holy Communion is received today
3. Prayers such as the Our Father and Hail Mary are offered for the Holy Father

(this is the musical accompaniment that will help you sing the hymn in Latin)

1Veni Creátor Spíritus,Méntes tuórum vísita:
Imple supérna grátia,Quæ tu creásti péctora.
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator come,
From Thy bright heavenly throne!
Come, take posession of our souls,
And make them all Thine own!
2Qui díceris Paráclitus,Altíssimi dónum Déi,
Fons vivus, ignis, cáritas,Et spiritális únctio.
Thou who art called the Paraclete,Best Gift of God above,
The Living Spring, the Living Fire,Sweet Unction, and True Love!
3Tu septifórmis múnere,Dígitus Patérnæ déxteræ,
Tu rite promíssum Pátris,Sermóne ditans gúttura.
Thou who art seven-fold in Thy grace,Finger of God's right Hand,
His promise, teaching little onesTo speak and understand!
4Accénde lúmen sénsibus,Infúnde amórem córdibus,
Infírma nóstri córporisVirtúte fírmans pérpeti.
O guide our minds with Thy blest light,With love our hearts inflame,
And with Thy strength which ne'er decaysConfirm our mortal frame.
5Hóstem repéllas lóngius,Pacémque dónes prótinus:
Ductóre sic te prævio,Vitémus ómne nóxium.
Far from us drive our hellish foe,True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils guide us safeBeneath Thy sacred wing.
6Per te sciámus da Pátrem,Noscámus atque Fílium,
Téque utriúsque SpíritumCredámus ómni témpore.
Through Thee may we the Father know,Through Thee the Eternal Son,
And Thee the Spirit of them BothThrice-blessed Three in One.
7Déo Pátri sit glória,Et Fílio, qui a mórtuisSurréxit,
ac Paráclito,In sæculórum sæcula.
All glory to the Father be,And to the risen Son;
The same to Thee,O Paraclete,While endless ages run.

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