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The Solemnity of Pentecost [Mass during the Day] (ABC)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest (AH #443, CBW #516, CH #299, HPSC #135, ICEL #85, PMB #84, WIII #482, SMH #267, EH #218, VII #254/363, LCH #77)
  • Come, Holy Spirit, As a Fire (Kathleen Pluth) from Hymns for the Liturgical Year
  • Fire of God, Undying Flame (WIII #474)
  • Hail Thee, Festival Day (AH #414, CBW #509, CH #274, HPSC #179, PMB #78, WIII #444, SMH #333, EH #86/102/107)
  • Holy Spirit, Truth Divine (CBW #523, SMH #346)
  • Joy! Because the Circling Year (CH #303, SMH #385)
  • O Holy Spirit, By Whose Breath (CBW #518, PMB #92, WIII #475, CBW #518, HH #145)
AH = The Adoremus Hymnal, Ignatius Press
CBW = Catholic Book of Worship II / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CD = Cantate Domino / Hymnal Supplement, GIA Publications, Inc.
CH = The Collegeville Hymnal, The Liturgical Press
CHB = The Catholic Hymn Book [London Oratory], Gracewing Publishers
EH = The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal), used by many Anglican Use Roman Catholic parishes
HH = Hymnal of the Hours, GIA Publications, Inc.
HPSC = Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Canticles, out of print but excellent
ICEL = ICEL Resource Collection, GIA Publications, Inc.
LCH = Lumen Christi Hymnal, Illuminare Publications
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 3rd Edition 2003, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • A Mighty Wind from Heaven (Alec Wyton)
  • Alleluia (Sr. Edith Scholl)
  • Carol for Pentecost (Erik Routley)
  • Come Down, O Love Divine (Tim Knight)
  • Come, Holy Ghost (Thomas Attwood, William Boyce, Cedric Davie, Orlando Gibbons)
  • Come, Holy Spirit (Christopher Tye)
  • Come, Thou Holy Paraclete (Hurd)
  • Cum Sancto Spiritu from Gloria (Antonio Vivaldi)
  • Dum complerentur dies Pentecostes (Palestrina, da Vittoria)
  • Easter Psalm (Gary Penkala)
  • Factus est repente (Gregor Aichinger / James Morrison)
  • Finished the Strife of Battle Now (Steven Ottományi)
  • Gracious Spirit (David Williams)
  • Let Thy Holy Presence (Paul Tschesnokov)
  • O Come, Creator Spirit, Come (M.A. Charpentier) [Concordia]
  • O Holy Paradox of Love (Colin Mawby) [Kevin Mayhew Ltd]
  • Peace I Leave with You (William Wirges)
  • Repleti sunt omnes (Jacob Handl)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Calvert Shenk)
  • The Heavens Are Telling from The Creation (F.J. Haydn)
  • Veni Creator Spiritus (Derek Fry)
  • Veni Sancte Spiritus (Jacques Berthier) — Music from Taizé

Organ Music

  • Allegro from Organ Symphony #6 (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • Carillon-Sortie (Henri Mulet)
  • Come, O Come, Thou Quickening Spirit (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year, Opus 67 [Carl Fischer Co.]
  • Komm Gott Schöpfer (J.S. Bach, Johann Pachelbel, J.G. Walther, Flor Peeters)
  • Komm Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott (J.S. Bach, Andreas Armsdorff, F.W. Zachau, Dieterich Buxtehude)
  • Pentecost Toccata (John Reese)
  • Prelude and Fugue in c minor (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude on Veni Creator (Paul Manz, Flor Peeters)
  • Toccata in C à la Dubois (Jon Naples)
  • Variations on Veni Creator (Maurice Duruflé)
  • Veni Sancte Spiritus from Three Preludes on Gregorian Sequences (Mark Siebert)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

After Easter Sunday and Christmas, this solemnity ranks next in importance. It marks the culmination of the "Week of Weeks" which is the Easter Season. Mark it with pomp and ceremony, singing the Sequence (called the "Golden Sequence") and the concluding dismissal with double alleluia. Remember that this day, albeit the last day, is a day within the Easter Season. Use all the rituals you've developed (Sprinkling Rite, special Alleluia, incense, attention to the Paschal candle) for Eastertide. The season "officially" ends with Evening Prayer II — can this be a special event for your parish? See Universal Music for Evening Prayer (Gary Penkala).

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