Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music Ministries
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, and lighten with celestial fire. Thou the anointing Spirit art, who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.
If you were to have wandered into a European church on Pentecost in the year 1150, chances are you probably would’ve heard the above text sung in Latin as the Introit by a group of monks. Of all the hymns from that era (known as “chants”) this one, Veni Creator, is perhaps one of the most popular still sung today.
This Sunday, we will celebrate Pentecost, which is regarded as the most important day of the church year… right behind Easter and Christmas of course! For those of you wondering, it’s the day we commemorate the unleashing of the Holy Spirit as recorded in Acts 2.
The above text will help center our worship on Sunday – the choir will be singing it twice – once for the Introit as it would have been presented in the 9th century, and then in another setting by an English composer, Thomas Ford, from the 17th century. Finally, I’ll be playing a stirring setting of it by 20th century composer Maurice Duruflé on the organ.
As our own congregation continues to grow and renew, I think it’s a powerful gift to be able to join our voices and ears with those of centuries past, giving thanks for the great gift of the Holy Spirit!