Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit)

In Prayer by eric holmberg0 Comments

holy-spirit-dove-fireVeni Sancte Spiritus, also called the “Golden Sequence,” is a Latin liturgical prayer that is sung or recited to commemorate Pentecost – the moment when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the nascent Church. It is usually attributed to either the thirteenth-century Pope Innocent III or to the Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton. (Langton was a central figure in the dispute between King John of England and Pope Innocent III that help lead to the issuing of Magna Carta in 1215 – one of the first charters that guaranteed the rights of commoners and restricted the heretofore “divine right” of kings to rule autocratically. He is also credited with having divided the Bible into the standard modern arrangement of chapters used today.)

Whatever your denomination, this is an anointed prayer if there ever was one (excepting the Lord’s Prayer, of course). I would encourage you to make it an occasional part of your devotional life.

It all makes me want to learn Latin.

Latin text English version
Veni, Sancte Spiritus,et emitte caelitus

lucis tuae radium.

Veni, pater pauperum,

veni, dator munerum,

veni, lumen cordium.

Consolator optime,

dulcis hospes animae,

dulce refrigerium.

In labore requies,

in aestu temperies,

in fletu solatium.

O lux beatissima,

reple cordis intima

tuorum fidelium.

Sine tuo numine,

nihil est in homine,

nihil est innoxium.

Lava quod est sordidum,

riga quod est aridum,

sana quod est saucium.

Flecte quod est rigidum,

fove quod est frigidum,

rege quod est devium.

Da tuis fidelibus,

in te confidentibus,

sacrum septenarium.

Da virtutis meritum,

da salutis exitum,

da perenne gaudium.

Come, Holy Spirit,send forth the heavenly

radiance of your light.

Come, father of the poor,

come, giver of gifts,

come, light of the heart.

Greatest comforter,

sweet guest of the soul,

sweet consolation.

In labor, rest,

in heat, temperance,

in tears, solace.

O most blessed light,

fill the inmost heart

of your faithful.

Without your grace,

there is nothing in us,

nothing that is not harmful.

Cleanse that which is unclean,

water that which is dry,

heal that which is wounded.

Bend that which is inflexible,

fire that which is chilled,

correct what goes astray.

Give to your faithful,

those who trust in you,

the sevenfold gifts.

Grant the reward of virtue,

grant the deliverance of salvation,

grant eternal joy.


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