For music suggestions for the Vigil of Pentecost, including Psalm 104, see Solemnity of Pentecost.

The revised Roman Missal offers the option for the Pentecost Vigil Mass (i.e., any Mass on Saturday evening before or after Evening Prayer I of Pentecost Sunday) to echo the shape of the Paschal Vigil as an extended celebration of the Word. Alternatively, a parish or community celebrating this Mass (these Masses) as normal Sunday Masses—the “simple form,” according to the missal--should make a selection from the readings offered in the Lectionary for Mass. In either case, the sequence is not sung at the Saturday evening Masses. Although it is not permitted in the Lectionary for Mass, for pastoral reasons some parishes use the readings of Pentecost Sunday on Saturday evening. If that is done, then the sequence, which is a part of those Sunday texts, should be sung on Saturday evening as well.

In order, the first four readings for the Vigil (or, in simple form, the four options for the first reading at Masses on Saturday afternoon/evening) tell the story of the confusion of languages at Babel (Genesis 11:1-9); the appearance of God to Moses at Sinai (Exodus 19:3-8, 16-20); Ezekiel's vision of the dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14); and Joel's vision of a whole community turned into prophets (Joel 3:1-5).

Romans 8:22-27. The Spirit, working in believers, helps us to become the voice of all creation “groaning” for God's reconciliation.

John 7:37-39. In this passage John links baptism with the gift of the Spirit.

Since this is the final feast of the Great Fifty Days, how does Pentecost complete Easter?

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Acts 2:1-11. The Spirit fills the disciples and sends them out to preach to the whole world. God’s Spirit, like God's love (see the commentary on the second reading for the Seventh Sunday of Easter) is missionary; it impels us beyond ourselves and our own concerns.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (103) 104
A hymn of praise to the Creator who sustains the whole of creation especially through the gift of water (verses 10-18 and 27-35). See the commentary on the water imagery used at the Easter Vigil.


Envía Tu Espíritu (Florián) Cantos 71
Envía Tu Espíritu (Taulé) FYC 249/FYC3 215
Envía Tu Espíritu, Señor (García) FYC 251
Envía Tu Espíritu, Señor (Rubalcava) FYC 250/FYC3 217/GP 255
Envía Tu Espíritu, Señor/O Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Peña) JS 87
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Blunt) PMB 164/WC 465

Lord Send Out Your Spirit (Canedo)  SPS 88

Lord Send Out Your Spirit (Chepponis) SS 583

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (della Picca) PMB 636

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Guimont) GC2 976/LPMG 63

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Haas) LMGM 524

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Harbor) LMGM 523

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Hunnicutt) PMB 635

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Hunstiger) SS 531

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Kreutz) JS 85

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Lisicky) GC 101/GC2 60/RS 146

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Olawski) JS 708

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Peloquin) RS 144

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Proulx/Gelineau) RS 145

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Schiavone) JS 941

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Zsigray) GP 253

Send Forth Your Spirit (Walker) BB-MI /GP 254/JS 86

Send Forth Your Spirit (Walker/Murray) CBW 107

Send Forth You Spirit (Warner) PMB 165/WC 429/WS

Send Out Your Spirit (Farrell)  BB-MI 444

Send Out Your Spirit (Schoenbachler) BB-MI 449/GP 409/JS 465

Yo Cantaré al Señor (Deiss), Estribillo II Cantos 72


1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13. There are many gifts, but one Spirit.


The “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” is sung before the Gospel Alleluia as a required part of the Pentecost celebration. Though it is a musical rite that requires no action, it may be used to accompany a procession with the Gospel Book (and incense) that moves through the congregation to the place where the Word will be proclaimed, if the space permits such movement.


By the Waking of Our Hearts MI-BB/JS 454/JS3 439

Come, Holy Spirit, on Us Shine OIF 492/PMB 279/WC 584/WS 520

Come, O Holy Spirit, Come BB 186/JS 459/JS3 434/OFUV 502

Eastertide Carol: Pentecost Sequence (Ridge) GP 404

Holy Spirit, Lord Divine  CBW 692/GC 464/GC2 470/OIF 493/RS 981/WC 582/WOR 857

Secuencia de Pentecostés (Ferrer) FYC 424
Sequence for Pentecost  SPS 192

Veni Sancte Spiritus (Taizé) WOR 473/GC 463/GC2 478/LMGM 197/RS 615/SS

Veni Sancte Spiritus (Walker) BB/CBW 419/GP 403/JS 453/JS3 441

Veni Sancte Spiritus--Latin/English (Chant) BB 642/CBW 419/GC 463/ GC2 478/G3 550/JS 453/LMGM 197/LMGM2 326/JS 453/JS3 432/OIF 493/RS 615/WC 623/SS 775/WOR 473/WOR4 538


John 20:19-23. John’s version of the gift of the Holy Spirit sets that giving on Easter Sunday evening. The disciples, gifted with the Spirit, are encouraged to assume a divine power by showing mercy and forgiving sins, because if they don't, then people's sins will be “held bound.”



Other Songs for the Liturgy

At the Table of the World (1) OIF 531/PMB 301/WC 684/WS 565

Blessed Quietness LMGM 72/LMGM2 594

Christians, Lift Up Your Hearts, v 5 (1) CBW 585/RS 674/WOR 538/

Come Down, O Love Divine (G)  CBW 407/GC 465/GC2 471/G3 556 /JS 461/JS3 438/ LMGM2 332/OIF 491//RS 617/WC 628/WOR 472 /WOR4 534

Come, Holy Ghost (2) BB-MI 443/CBW 416/GC 469/GC2 472/G3 559/GP 402/GP3 568/JS 458/JS3 443 /LMGM 69/LMGM2 324/OFUV 662/OIF 646/PMB 372/RS 611/SPS 193/SS 780/WC 769/WS 627/WOR 482 /WOR4 544

Come, Holy Spirit (1) JS 464/JS3 437

Come Holy Spirit (Booth) SPS 191

Come, Holy Spirit, Wind and Fire (1) OIF 649/PMB 375/WC 766/WS 631

*Come, O Spirit of the Lord (Ps) GP 411

Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid (1) BB 188/JS 449/JS3 427/OFUV 663

Creator Spirit, Lord of Grace (1) BB 184/CBW 409/OIF 490/PMB 280/WC 626/WS 518

Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race (1) GC 739/GC2 729/G3 833/RS 837

*Envía Tu Espíritu (Ps) BB-MI 450/GC 459/GP 407/GP3 347/JS 463/JS3 440

Everyone Moved by the Spirit GP 412/GP3 353

Filled with the Spirit's Power (1,2) CBW 413

Fire of God, Titanic Spirit (1,Ps,2) WOR 478

Fire of God, Undying Flame (2) RS 614/WOR 474/WOR4 533

*Gather Your People (2) BB-MI 313/GP 529/GP3 465/JS 798/JS3 768/OFUV 782/WOR4 478

Gift of God (1) PMB 289/SS/WC 637/WS 531

God Sends Us His Spirit (Ps) GC 467/LMGM 125/WOR 724

Hail Thee, Festival Day Hail Thee, Festival Day! (2) CBW 388/GC 450/JS 450/JS3 428/OIF 470/RS 588 /WC 605/WOR 444/WOR4 524

Holy Spirit (Canedo) SPS 210

Holy Spirit Come Now SPS 124

Holy Spirit Come to Me   SPS 123

Holy Spirit, Come to Us (1) GC2 479/SS 785

Let It Breathe on Me LMGM 71

Mold Me, Lord LMGM 128

O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God (Ps) BB-MI 648/GC 800/GC2 800/G3 902/GP3 399/JS 551/JS3 521/OFUV 293/OIF 651/PMB 373/RS 907/SS 777/WC 770/WS 628/WOR 725/WOR4 914

O Holy Spirit, by Whose Breath (2) CBW 412/GC 461/GC2 475/G3 551/JS3 /OFUV /OIF 650/PMB 371/RS 616/SS 779/WC 772/WS 632/WOR4 546

O Holy Spirit, Come to Bless (1) CBW 410

O Holy Spirit, Enter in WC 775

*O Love of God/Amor de Dios (2) BB-MI 301/GP 541/GP3 466/OFUV 760/SPS 225

O Spirit of the Living Lord JS 456

*One Bread, One Body (2) BB-MI 339/GP 499/GP3 498/JS 820/JS3 793/GC 830/GC2 813/G3 932/LMGM 139/LMGM2 760/OFUV 824/OIF 555/RS 915/SS 1013/SPS 249/WC 687/WS 535/WOR4 931

One Is the Body (2) GC 846

One Lord--Soper (2) BB-MI  647/GC2 667/G3 770/GP 453/GP3 401/OFUV 292

One Spirit, One Church (1,2) BB-MI 417/GP 570/GP 568/GP3 568/JS 778/JS3 745/OFUV 769

Over the Chaos of the Empty Waters (Ps) WOR 483

*Peace (G) BB-MI 524/GP 649/GP3 681/OFUV 722/OIF 799/PMB 462/WS 726

Praise the Spirit in Creation (1) RS 609

Send Down the Fire (1,G) GC 466/GC2 477/G3 557

*Send Us Your Spirit (Ps) BB-MI 448,452/CBW 414/GC 470/GC2 476/GP 410/GP3 341/JS 462/JS3 433/OFUV 644/RS 612

Song of the Holy Spirit (1,Ps,G) JS 460

Song over the Waters (1) GC 585/GC2 559/G3 661/RS 855/SS 841

Spirit Blowing through Creation (Ps) CBW 415/GC 462/GC2 481/G3 555/SS 776

Spirit, Come (Ps) BB-MI 451/GP 410/GP3 346

Spirit Divine, Accept Our Prayers (1) CBW 521/OIF 654/PMB 374/WC 771/WOR 476

Spirit of God within Me (G) GC 468/G3 554/RS 610/WOR 480/WOR4 547

Sweet, Sweet Spirit (G) LMGM2 327/WC 768/WS 629

*The Day of Pentecost Arrived (1) WC 624/WS 519/PMB 278

*The One Same Spirit (2) PMB 389

The Spirit of God -- Alstott GP 232

The Spirit of God -- Deiss (1,G) GC 458/OIF 714/PMB 399/WC 832/WS 662

There Is One Lord (2) BB-MI 491/ GC 809/GC2 796/G3 905/GP 453/GP3 401/JS 699/OFUV 292/OIF 306,512/PMB 287/RS 835/WC 638/WOR 657

There’s a Spirit in the Air OIF 495/WC 627/WOR 531/RS 689

This Is the Day When Light Was First Created (1)  GC 746/RS 842/WOR 663

Veni Creator Spiritus ‑‑ Latin/English (1,2) BB 184/CBW 418/GC 460/GC2 474/G3 558/JS 457/JS3 444/LMGM 70/LMGM2 328/OFUV 501/OIF 489/SS 786/WC 625/WS 517WOR 479/WOR4 543

Veni Lumen Cordium (1) WS 409

Veni Sancte Spiritus (1) BB 642/CBW 419/GC 463/ GC2 478/G3 550/JS 453/LMGM 197/LMGM2 326/JS 453/JS3 432/OFUV 502/OIF 493/RS 615/SS 775/WC 623/SS 775/WOR 473/WOR4 538

Wa Wa Wa Emimimo/Come, O Holy Spirit (1) GC 471

We Are Many Parts (2) BB-MI 580/GC 733/GC2 727/G3 834/GP3 550/RS 840/SS 919/WC 803/WOR4 822/WS 644

We Are One (2) GC2 482/G3 548,913

When God the Spirit Came (1) RS 613/WOR 481

You Have Anointed Me (1,G) GC 676/GC2 662/G3 773/GP 555/RS 795


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #
Introit for a Feast Day (SATB, Organ, 8 Handbells, Cymbal, Gong) King, Larry GIA (G-5339) E
And They Were All Filled with the Holy Spirit/ Repleti sunt omne (SATB/SATB, Organ, English/Latin) Handl, Jacob/Simkins, C. F. Concordia (98-2394) C, 1
Anthems for Pentecost: Prayer for Pentecostal Fire (SATB) Proulx, Richard GIA (G-2371) 1
Bless the Lord, O My Soul (SATB) Mathias, William H. Oxford (A284) PS
Canticle of the Spirit Daley Alliance Music Publication, Inc. G
Christ Sends the Spirit (SAB, Organ, Flute) Proulx, Richard Augsburg (0800652703) also in “The Augsburg Choirbook” G
Come Down, O Love Divine (SSATB, Organ)
Come Down, O Love Divine (SATB)
Mathias, William H./arr. Livingston, Donald D.
Augsburg (AFP 0800675355)
St. James Press
Come Holy Ghost Gibbons CPDL G
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest (SATB, Organ) Carter, Andrew Oxford (A427) G
Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord (SATB, opt. Organ) Bach, J. S./ed. Lee, John GIA (G-2036) S
Come, Holy Ghost, Our Hearts Inspire (2-part, Handbells) Burkhardt, Michael Morningstar (50-5551) S
Come, Holy Spirit (Unison, Organ/Keyboard) Vieker Concordia (98-3061) PS
Come, Holy Spirit/Veni Creator Spiritus (Latin Chant, English motet SATB) Tye, Christopher/Tortolano GIA (G-5272) G

Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove

White Selah  
Come, Holy, Quickening Spirit (SAB, Keyboard) Bach, J.S./ed. Scott, K. Lee Concordia 998-2838) G
Come, Spirit, Come (SATB, Keyboard) Hunnicut, Judith GIA (G-4108) G
Come, Thou Lord, Creator Spirit (SATB, Chimes or Handbells) Rickard, Jeffery Sacred Music Press (S-272) G
Confirma Hoc Deus (SATB, Organ, English/Latin) Rheinberger, J./Proulx, R. GIA (G-5618) G
Creator Spirit, Heavenly Dove (SATB) Distler, Hugo Augsburg (0800657772) G
Dum Complerentur (SSATB, Latin only)
Dum Complerentur (SSATB, Latin only)
Victoria, Tomas Luis de
Victoria, Tomas Luis de
E. C. Schirmer (ECS 2993)
Dum Cpmplerentur Dies Pentecostes (SSATTB, Latin only) Palestrina, G. P. Arista (AE 145) 1
Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee, The (SATB) Berger, Jean Augsburg (0800645596) also in “The Augsburg Choirbook” 1
Factus est repente (SATB, Latin only) Aichinger, Gregor Arista (AE 348) 1
Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost Archer St. James Press  
Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me (SATB) Scott, K. Lee Augsburg (11-1198) G
Hail, Glorious Spirits, Heirs of Light (SATB) Tye, Christopher/Knight, G. RSCM (221) 1
Hymn to the Holy Spirit (SATB) Doherty Trinitas/OCP G
I Will Pour Out My Spirit (SATB, Organ) Leaf, Robert Augsburg (11-1674) 1
I Will Sing Unto the Lord (SATB, Tenor) Amner, John Oxford (A0294) PS
Let Thy Holy Spirit (SATB) Tschesnokoff/Lyall Lawson Gould (660) G
Listen, Sweet Dove (SATB) Ives, Charles/Grayston RSCM/GIA (G-4209) G
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (SATB, solo, Organ, Brass) Peloquin, C. Alexander GIA (G-1662) PS
Mighty Works of the Lord, The (SATB, Organ/Keyboard) Jennings, C. Augsburg (11-2042) G
Now Do We Pray God, the Holy Ghost (SATB, opt. Organ) Bach, J. S./Lee, John GIA (G-2036) G
O Come Now, Holy Spirit (SAB) Amner, John/Proulx, Richard GIA (G-4012) G
O Day Full of Grace (SSAATTBB, S. Solo) Christiansen, F. Melius Augsburg (080064512X) 1
O Holy Spirit (SAT) Binchois, Gilles/Proulx, Richard GIA (G-4059) G
O Holy Spirit, Lord of Grace Tye CPDL G
O Holy Spirit, Lord of Grace (SATB) How GIA G
O Lord, Give Thy Holy Spirit to our Hearts Tallis CPDL G
O Lord, How Manifold are Thy Works (Unison, Keyboard) Shaw, Martin Novello (1310) PS
O Spirit of God, Eternal Source (SATB) Vulpius, Melchior Augsburg (0800664272) E
One Faith, One Hope, One Lord (SATB, Organ/Keyboard, opt. solo Trumpet or Brass Quintet) Courtney, Craig Sacred Music Press (S 462) 2
Peace Be unto You (SATB) Nystedt, Knut Augsburg (11-1455) G
Peace Be with You (SATB, Organ) Wetzler, Robert AMSI (178) G
Peace Be with You, Op. 32, #22 (2-part, Organ) Bender, Jan Concordia (98-2086) G
Pentecost Processional from “Three Processionals for Four Bells and Voices” (2-mixed or equal voices, 4 Handbells) Proulx, Richard GIA (G-3668) E
Pentecost Sequence (2-mixed voices, 11 Handbells, Percussion) arr. by Proulx, Richard GIA (G-4578) S
Pentecost Sequence/Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Unison or 2-part mixed, Latin/English, 9 Handbells) arr. by Palmer, Nicholas GIA (G-4062) S
Praise the Living God Who Sings (SATB, Organ) Helgen, John Augsburg (0800674618) C
Receive the Holy Spirit (SATB, Organ) Hillert, Richard Concordia (98-1675) G
Spirit Dwells Among Us, The (choral introit w/bells) Hopson MSM G
Spirit of God (Intergenerational Choirs, Organ, opt. Oboe or other C-instrument, and opt. handbells—3, 4, or 5 octaves) Bedford, Michael Choristers Guild (CGA 977) G
Spirit of the Lord, The (SATB, Flute, Organ) Callahan, Charles Concordia (98-3256) PS
Spirit of the Lord Come Down Harper St. James Press  
Stetit Jesu (SATB) Handl, Jacob GIA (G-2460) G
To Thee, O Comforter Divine White Selah  
Veni Creator Spiritus Palestrina CPDL G
Veni Creator Spiritus Victoria CPDL G
Veni, Sancte Spiritus (SATB, Keyboard, opt. Flute, Solo, Latin/English) Birkley, Michael GIA (G-4779) S
Veni, Sancte Spiritus (SATB, Organ/Keyboard, Latin)
Veni, Sancte Spiritus (SATB, Organ/Keyboard, Latin)
Mozart, W. A.
Mozart, W. A.
Kalmus (K-06326)
We Have Seen the Lord (SATB) Wetzler, Robert Augsburg (11-1705) G
When Fully Came the Day of Pentecost (SSATBB) Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da Concordia (98-3339) 1
When the Day of Pentecost Was Fully Come (SATB) Coke-Jephcott, Norman Galaxy (1371) 1