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The Solemnity of Pentecost [Vigil Mass] (ABC)

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Come, Creator Spirit (CH #297)
  • Come Down, O Love Divine (WIII #472, HPSC #133, CBW #517, PMB #93, HH #140, AH #440, CH #498, CHB #92, SMH #266, EH #376, VII #364, LCH #76)
  • 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
  • O Holy Spirit, By Whose Breath (CBW #518, PMB #92, WIII #475, CBW #518, HH #145)
  • Send Forth from the Heaven (HPSC #292)
  • Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayer (CBW #521, CH #502, PMB #94, WIII #476, SMH #535, EH #370)
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

  • Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Mikail Ippolitov-Ivanov)
  • Come Down, O Love Divine (Tim Knight)
  • Come, Holy Spirit (Christopher Tye)
  • Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether (Harold Friedell)
  • Easter Psalm (Gary Penkala)
  • I Will Not Leave You Comfortless (Everett Titcomb)
  • O Lord, Give Thy Holy Spirit (Thomas Tallis)
  • O Lord, How Manifold Are Thy Works (John Barnby) [Novello]
  • O Lord, How Manifold Are Thy Works (Martin Shaw) [Novello]
  • Psalm 150 (Cesar Franck)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Calvert Shenk)
  • The Sacred Covenant (Heinrich Schalit)
  • Veni Creator Spiritus (Gregorian chant) from Booklet of Chant, Volume 3
  • Veni Creator Spiritus (Derek Fry)

Organ Music

  • Come, Holy Ghost, Lord and God (Marcel Dupré)
  • Deux strophes sur Veni Creator Spiritus (Alexandre Guilmant)
  • Fantasia and Fugue in a minor (J.S. Bach)
  • He That Believes and Is Baptized (Max Reger) from Chorale Preludes for the Church Year, Opus 67 [Carl Fischer Co.]
  • Komm, Gott Schopfer, Heiliger Geist (J.S. Bach) from Orgelbüchlein
  • Maestoso: Five Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist (Dieterich Buxtehude, J.G. Walther)
  • Pentecost Toccata (John Reese)
  • Prelude on Komm, Gott Schöpfer (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for Pentecost and Trinity Sunday [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-500]
  • Variations on Veni Creator (Maurice Duruflé)
  • Prelude on Veni Creator Spiritus (Paul Manz) from Improvisations for Pentecost and Trinity Sunday [Morning Star Music Publishers #10-500]
  • Toccata in C à la Dubois (Jon Naples)
  • Toccata in e minor (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Veni Creator Spiritus (Dom Paul Benoit) from Esquisses liturgiques [J. Fischer & Bros.]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Roman Missal —Third Edition allows for two forms of this Vigil; the Simple Form and the Extended Form. The first is structured like any Saturday night vigil Mass for Sunday. The Extended Form is expanded to be a complement to the Easter Vigil which opened this season. This has been done for some time in Rome, as the Pope celebrates an outdoor Mass (in St. Peter's Square) in the looming darkness of early evening.

Evening Prayer I [First Vespers] may be combined with Mass, beginning with the Introductory Verse, Hymn and Psalmody; or with the Mass Introit, Greeting and Psalmody. Mass may also open as usual (Introit, Greeting, Penitential Act).

Prior to the Gloria, four Old Testament readings are proclaim, with their accompanying Responsorial Psalm and Prayer [as at the Easter Vigil]:

  • Reading 1: Genesis 11:1-9
  • Psalm 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15
  • Prayer
  • Reading 2: Exodus 19:3-8,16-20
  • Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 54, 56 - or - Psalm 19:8, 9,10, 11
  • Prayer
  • Reading 3: Ezekiel 37:1-14
  • Psalm 107: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
  • Prayer
  • Reading 4: Joel 3:1-5
  • Psalm 104: 1-2a, 24, 35c, 27-28, 29bc-30
  • Prayer

The Gloria is then sung, followed by the regular Collect for the Mass. The New Testament reading is Romans 8:22-27. The Alleluia and Gospel [John 7:37-39] follow. The Mass continues as usual.

If Evening Prayer is combined with the Vigil Mass, the Magnificat (with its antiphon) is sung after Communion. The Prayer after Communion follows. The dismissal with double "Alleluia" is used.

A detailed outline of the Vigil Liturgy can be found in the Liturgical Information page.

In Rome, this entire Mass was celebrated outside, in the piazza. Fires were lit in seven large receptacles, one during each of the first four readings, and one during the Gloria, the Epistle and the Gospel.

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