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


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 C-96/SS

Envía Tu Espíritu (Taulé) FYC 249

Envía Tu Espíritu/Send Forth Your Spirit (Florián) Cantos 71

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 (Balhoff et al) PCY6 46

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Blunt) PMB 164/WC 465

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (Chepponis) SS/WOR4 80

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit (della Picca) PRM C65/PMB 636

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 (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/G3 76/WOR4 82

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/LPGG 861/G3 77

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 802 /JS 86/SP1 69/GP 254

Send Forth Your Spirit (Walker/Murray) CBW 107

Send Forth You Spirit (Warner) PMB 165/WC 466/WS 400/SS

Send Out Your Spirit (Schoenbachler) JS 465/GP 409


Romans 8:8-17. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in us. All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.



As is the case with the “Victimae Paschali” at Easter, the Pentecost sequence “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” is a required part of the Pentecost liturgy. Placed before the Alleluia, it is designed to be a hymn that stands on its own, but it could certainly be sung as the accompaniment to 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 445/JS 454

Come, Holy Spirit, Come PRM B67/JS 464

Come, Holy Spirit, on Us Shine WC 622/WS 542/PMB 279

Come, O Holy Spirit, Come JS 459/BB 37

Eastertide Carol: Pentecost Sequence (Ridge) GP 404

Holy Spirit, Lord Divine WOR 857/WOR4 1100/GC 464/GC2 470/CBW 692/RS 981/WC 623/LPGG 862

Secuencia de Pentecostés (Ferrer) FYC 424

Ven, Espíritu Santo (Cortez) FYC 428

Veni Sancte Spiritus (Taizé) WOR 473/WOR4 538/GC 463/GC2 478/LMGM 197/RS 615/SS/G3 550

Veni Sancte Spiritus (Walker) BB 834/CBW 419/GP 403/JS 453

Veni Sancte Spiritus – Latin/English (Chant) JS 455/WC 623/BB 650/WS 539


John 14:15-16, 23b-26. During the Last Supper discourse, Jesus promises to send the Spirit as advocate and teacher.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Other Songs for the Liturgy

A New Heaven and Earth (1) SS
At the Table of the World (1) WC 684/WS 586/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/WOR4 534/CBW 407/WC 628/GC 465/GC2 471/RS 617/G3 556
Come, Holy Ghost (2) WOR 482/WOR4 544/CBW 416/MI‑BB 446/GP 402/LMGM 69/WC 769/JS 458/GC 469/GC2 472/RS 611/WS 652/PMB 372/SS/G3 559
Come, Holy Spirit (1) JS 464
Come Holy Spirit (Booth)  SPS 191
Come, Holy Spirit/Ven, Oh Espíritu (1) WC 774/WS 649
Come, Holy Spirit, Wind and Fire (1) WC 766/WS 650/PMB 375
Come, O Spirit (1) SS
Come, O Spirit, Come (1) WS
*Come, O Spirit of the Lord (Ps) GP 411
Come, Spirit, Come (1) SS
Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid (1) BB 193/JS 449
Creator Spirit, Lord of Grace (1) CBW 409/WC 626/WS 540/PMB 280
Day of Peace  SPS 287
Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race (1) GC 739/GC2 729/RS 837/WOR4 842
*Envía Tu Espíritu (Ps) MI‑BB 449/GC 459/JS 747/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/ WOR4 533/RS 614
*Gather Your People (2) JS 798/MI‑BB 314/GP 529/WOR4 478
Gift of God (1) WC 637/PMB 289/SS
God Sends Us His Spirit (Ps) WOR 724/GC 467/LMGM 125
Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise SPS 188/WOR4 529
Hail Thee, Festival Day WOR 444/WOR4 524/CBW 388/JS 450/WC 605/GC 450/RS 588
Holy Spirit, Come to Us (1) GC2 479/SS/G3 547/WOR4 540
Laus Tibi Sancte Spiritus WOR4 539
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 656/WOR 725/WOR4 914/WC 770/WS 647/PMB 373/JS 551/SS/G3 902
O Holy Spirit, by Whose Breath (2) WOR 475/WOR4 546/WC 772/GC 461/GC2 475/CBW 412/RS 616/WS 651/PMB 371/SS/G3 551
O Holy Spirit, Come to Bless (1) CBW 410
O Holy Spirit, Enter in WC 775
*O Love of God/Amor de Dios (2) GP 541
O Spirit All-Embracing WOR 536
O Spirit of the Living Lord JS 456
*One Bread, One Body (2) GP 499/GC 830/GC2 813/LMGM 139/MI‑BB 342/WC 687/JS 820/RS 915/WS 556/G3 932/WOR4 931
One Is the Body (2) GC 846/WOR4 731
One Lord – Soper (2) MI‑BB 655/GP 453/GC2 667/G3 770
One Sacrifice of Christ SPS 189
One Spirit, One Church (1,2) JS 778/MI‑BB 418/GP 570
Over the Chaos of the Empty Waters (Ps) WOR 483
*Peace (G) MI‑BB 493/WC 904/JS 741/GP 649/WS 751/PMB 462
Praise the Spirit in Creation (1) RS 609/WOR 477/WOR4 542
Send Down the Fire (1,G) GC 466/GC2 477/G3 557
*Send Us Your Spirit (Ps) GC 470/GC2 476/MI‑BB 451/JS 462/CBW 414/RS 612/GP 410/SS/G3 552
Song of the Holy Spirit (1,Ps,G) JS 460
Song over the Waters (1) GC 585/GC2 559/RS 855/SS/G3 661
Spirit Blowing through Creation (Ps) GC 462/GC2 481/CBW 415/SS/G3 555
Spirit, Come (Ps) MI‑BB/GP 410
Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers (1) WOR 476/CBW 521/WC 771/PMB 374
Spirit of God within Me (G) WOR 480/WOR4 547/GC 468/RS 610
Sweet, Sweet Spirit (G) WC 768/WS 648
*The Day of Pentecost Arrived (1) WC 624/WS 541/PMB 278
*The Love of God (E) PSL C-95/SS
*The One Same Spirit (2) PMB 389
The Spirit of God -- Alstott GP 232
The Spirit of God -- Deiss (1,G) WC 832/GC 458/WS 687/PMB 399
*The Spirit of Our God and King (E) IH 31
There Is One Lord (2) WOR 657/WOR4 921/GP 453/WC 638/JS 699/MI‑BB 495/GC 809/GC2 796/CBW 530/RS 835/WS 555/PMB 287/G3 905
There’s a Spirit in the Air WC 598/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/WOR4 543/CBW 418/LMGM 70/BB 189/WC 625/JS 457/GC 460/GC2 474/WS 539/SS/G3 558   
Veni Lumen Cordium (1) SS
Veni Sancte Spiritus (1) WOR 473/WOR4 538/LMGM 197/JS 453/BB 650/GC 463/GC2 478/CBW 419/RS 615/WC 623/SS/G3 550
Wa Wa Wa Emimimo/Come, O Holy Spirit (1) GC 471
We Are Many Parts (2) GC 733/GC2 727/MI‑BB 586/WC 803/RS 840/WS 674/SS/G3 834/WOR4 822
We Are One (2) GC2 482
When God the Spirit Came (1) WOR 481/RS 613
You Have Anointed Me (1,G) GC 676/GC2 662/RS 795/GP 555/G3 773


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) Mathias, William H./arr. Livingston, Donald D. Augsburg (AFP 0800675355) E
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 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