This wonderful, stirring setting of the Pentecost Sequence, which occurs after the second reading in the Liturgy of the Word for Pentecost, is also known as “Holy Spirit, Lord of Light”. The text is traditionally attributed to Innocent III (1160-1216) and translated from Latin to English by Edward Caswall. In this setting, the many verses are broken up with a simple refrain to give a point of immediate accessibility for the whole congregation. The refrain could be used on its own as a prayer response or acclamation.
Holy Spirit Lord of Light
from the clear celestial height
thy pure beaming radiance give.
Come thou Father of the poor.
Come, with treasures which endure:
Come, thou light of all that live.
Holy Spirit, fill us with the fire of your love
Thou, of all consolers best,
thou, the soul’s delightful guest.
dost refreshing peace bestow:
thou in toil art comfort sweet.
pleasant coolness in the heat:
solace in the midst of woe. (to refrain)
Light immortal, light divine,
visit thou these hearts of thine.
and our inmost being fill,
if thou take thy Grace away.
nothing pure in us will stay,
all our good is turned to ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
on our dryness pour thy dew;
wash the stains of guilt away:
bend the stubborn heart and will.
melt the frozen, warm the chill;
guide the steps that go astray. (to refrain)
Thou, on us who evermore,
thee confess and thee adore.
with thy seven-fold gifts descend:
give us comfort when we die.
give us life with thee on high,
give us joys that never end.
Music by Mike Stanley
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Liturgical Use(s): Pentecost
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