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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Veni Sancte Spiritus!

How wonderful! We sang Veni Sancte Spiritus, albeit heavily simplified, singing only that line over and over, at the Pentecost Mass today, during the communion. It was sung with reverence and gusto! I must be getting really old, sentimental as I already am by nature, because I wanted to cry when that was being sung. It didn't matter that we didn't sing the entirety of the song in Latin, Latin rite though we are. Liturgy will always develop, but it's important that we never forget our Latin roots. More importantly, we must worship with all our heart!

Come, o Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love! Send forth Your Spirit, and You shall renew the face of the earth! Veni Sancte Spiritus!

2 comments:

LYL said...

Wow!! Real Latin even!

We had a particularly horrid selection of hymns today. (*sigh*)

It was still Mass though.

Louise

Jeff Tan said...

That's alright, Lyl. The Holy Spirit can only take so much. They do say that the tide is turning, and that people are waking up to find that they want their liturgy back in shape. Even Evangelicals have got a portion, particularly the Confessional or High Church types, who see that the liturgy should lift worship up, not bring worship down.

And of course you're right, it's still Mass, even with the occasional (some parishes get it worse than others) liturgical sloppiness. We just have to keep praying that the Holy Spirit will inspire spirits, renew minds and kindle hearts with love. The rest will follow, I think.