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

Note that the texts for the Vigil Mass (i.e., any Mass on Saturday evening before or after Evening Prayer I of Pentecost Sunday) should make a selection from these readings. In that 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.

The four options for the first reading at Masses on Saturday afternoon/evening might be used by some parishes to craft a longer vigil service modeled on the Easter Vigil. In order, the readings would 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 (Ezek 37:1-14); and Joel's vision of a whole community turned into prophets (Joel 3:1-5). Appropriate psalms would have to be chosen to accompany these readings, or you might use all of Psalm 104, with the verses divided to follow the various readings.

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 also 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.

Alleluia, Send Out Your Spirit   PSL A-93/SS 213
Envía Tu Espíritu (Florián)  Cantos 71
Envía Tu Espíritu (Taulé)  FYC 249
Envía Tu Espíritu, Señor (García)  FYC 251
Envía Tu Espíritu, Señor (Rubalcava)  FYC 250/GP 255
Envía Tu Espíritu, Señor/O Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Peña)   JS 87
God, Send Out Your Spirit (Foley) PCY7 41
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Alstott)   BB
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Balhoff et al)  PCY6 46
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Blunt) PMB 164/WC 430/WS
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (della Picca)  PRM A57/PMB 636/WS
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Gibson)  CCS 3878
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Guimont)    GC2 976/LPMG 63
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Haas)  LMGM 524/PCY1 53
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Harbor)  LMGM 523
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Hunnicutt)  SO 39/PRM A56/PMB 635
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Hunstiger)   SS
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Janco)  GIA 3606
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Kreutz)  PSC 24/JS 85
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Lisicky)  GC 101/GC2 60/RS 146
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Olawski)  JS 708/MI‑BB
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Peloquin)  RS 144
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Proulx/Gelineau)   RS 145/LPGG 861
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Schiavone)   LP 85/JS 941
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Smith)  CCS 2122
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Willcock) PFS 34
Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Zsigray)  GP 253
Send Forth Your Spirit (Walker)  MI‑BB/JS 86/SP1 69/GP 254
Send Forth Your Spirit (Walker/Murray)  CBW 107
Send Forth You Spirit (Warner) PMB 165/WC 429/WS/SS
Send Out Your Spirit (Schoenbachler)  MI‑BB/JS 465/GP 409
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
Come, Holy Spirit, Come   PRM A58/JS 464
Come, Holy Spirit, on Us Shine  WC 584/WS/PMB 279
Come, O Holy Spirit, Come   JS 459/BB
Eastertide Carol: Pentecost Sequence (Ridge)  GP 404
Holy Spirit, Lord Divine  WOR 857/GC 464/GC2 470/CBW 692/RS 981/WC 582/LPGG 862
Secuencia de Pentecostés (Ferrer)  FYC 424
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
Veni Sancte Spiritus B Latin/English (Chant)   JS 455/WC 582/BB/SS

John 20:19-23. John’s version of the gift of the Holy Spirit takes place 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
A New Heaven and Earth (1) SS
At the Table of the World (1)  WC 646/WS/PMB 301
Blessed Quietness  LMGM 72
Called and Gathered by the Spirit (2)   SS
Chosen and Sent by the Father (G)   HG 114
Christians, Lift Up Your Hearts, v 5 (1)  RS 674/WOR 538/CBW 585
Come Down, O Love Divine (G)  JS 461/WOR 472/CBW 407/WC 588/MI‑BB/GC 465/GC2 471/RS 617
Come, Holy Ghost (2)  WOR 482/CBW 416/MI‑BB/GP 402/LMGM 69/WC 728/JS 458/GC 469/GC2 472/RS 611/WS/PMB 372/SS
Come, Holy Spirit (1)   JS 464
Come, Holy Spirit, Wind and Fire (1)  WC 724/WS/PMB 375
Come, O Spirit (1)   SS
Come, O Spirit of God (Ps,2)   MI-BB
*Come, O Spirit of the Lord (Ps)  GP 411
Come, Spirit, Come (1) SS
Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid (1)  BB/JS 449
Creator Spirit, Lord of Grace (1)  CBW 409/WC 587/WS/PMB 280/BB
Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race (1)  GC 739/GC2 729/RS 837
*Envía Tu Espíritu (Ps)  MI‑BB/GC 459/GP 407/JS 463
Everyone Moved by the Spirit  GP 412
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)  WOR 474/RS 614
*Gather Your People (2)  JS 798/MI‑BB/GP 529
Gift of God (1)  WC 597/WS/PMB 289/SS
God Sends Us His Spirit (Ps)  WOR 724/GC 467/LMGM 125
Hail Thee, Festival Day   WOR 444/CBW 388/BB/JS 450/WC 565/GC 450/RS 588
Holy Spirit, Come to Us (1)   GC2 479/SS
Into Our Hearts, O Spirit, Come (1,Ps)  WC 581
*Lay Down That Spirit (Ps)  WS
Let It Breathe on Me  LMGM 71
Mold Me, Lord  LMGM 128
O Breathe on Me, O Breath of God (Ps)  RS 907/GC 800/GC2 800/MI‑BB/WOR 725/WC 729/WS/PMB 373/JS 551/SS
O Holy Spirit, by Whose Breath (2)  WOR 475/WC 731/GC 461/GC2 475/CBW 412/RS 616/WS/PMB 371/SS
O Holy Spirit, Come to Bless (1)  CBW 410
O Holy Spirit, Enter in  WC 733
*O Love of God/Amor de Dios (2)  GP 541/MI-BB
O Spirit of the Living Lord   JS 456/BB
*One Bread, One Body (2)  GP 499/GC 830/GC2 813/LMGM 139/MI‑BB/WC 649/JS 820/RS 915/WS
One Is the Body (2)  GC 846
One Lord B Soper (2)  MI‑BB/GP 453/GC2 667
One Spirit, One Church (1,2)  JS 778/MI‑BB/GP 570
Over the Chaos of the Empty Waters (Ps)  WOR 483
*Peace (G)  MI‑BB 482/WC 863/JS 741/GP 649/WS/PMB 462
Praise the Spirit in Creation (1)  RS 609
Send Down the Fire (1,G)  GC 466/GC2 477
*Send Us Your Spirit (Ps)  GC 470/GC2 476/MI‑BB/JS 462/CBW 414/RS 612/GP 410/SS
Song of the Holy Spirit (1,Ps,G)  JS 460
Song over the Waters (1)  GC 585/GC2 559/RS 855/SS
Spirit Blowing through Creation (Ps)  GC 462/GC2 481/CBW 415/SS
Spirit, Come (Ps)  MI‑BB/GP 410
Spirit Divine, Accept Our Prayers (1)   WOR 476/CBW 521/WC 730/PMB 374
Spirit of God within Me (G)  WOR 480/GC 468/RS 610
Sweet, Sweet Spirit (G)  WC 726/WS
*The Day of Pentecost Arrived (1)  WC 583/WS/PMB 278
*The Love of God (E)   PSL A-92/SS
*The One Same Spirit (2)   PMB 389
The Spirit of God  -- Alstott   GP 232
The Spirit of God -- Deiss (1,G)  WC 793/GC 458/WS/PMB 399
*The Spirit of Our God and King (E)   IH 31
There Is One Lord (2)  WOR 657/GP 453/WC 598/JS 699/MI‑BB/GC 809/GC2 796/CBW 530/RS 835/WS/PMB 287
There=s a Spirit in the Air    WC 585/WOR 531/RS 689
This Is the Day When Light Was First Created (1)  WOR 663/GC 746/RS 842
Veni Creator Spiritus ‑‑ Latin/English (1,2)   WOR 479/CBW 418/LMGM 70/BB/WC 586/JS 457/GC 460/GC2 474/SS
Veni Lumen Cordium (1)   SS
Veni Sancte Spiritus (1)  WOR 473/LMGM 197/JS 453/BB/MI-BB/GC 463/GC2 478/CBW 419/RS 615/WC 582/SS
Wa Wa Wa Emimimo/Come, O Holy Spirit (1)  GC 471
Water and Spirit (2)  WC 602
We Are Many Parts (2)  GC 733/GC2 727/MI‑BB/WC 762/RS 840/WS/SS
We Are One (2)   GC2 482
We Receive Power (1,G)   WC 732
When God the Spirit Came (1)  WOR 481/RS 613
You Have Anointed Me (1,G)  GC 676/GC2 662/RS 795/GP 555


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