“Veni Sancte Spiritus” by Taize

The haunting chant that is another Pentecost perennial, sung by the choir of the Taize community. [Read more...]

“Veni Creator Spiritus”

One of the great chants, a staple for Pentecost, impeccably sung here by a Gregorian schola from Italy: A  translation of the Latin verses: Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and in our hearts take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heav’nly aid, To fill the hearts which Thou hast made. O Comforter, to [Read More...]

Homily for May 27, 2012: Pentecost Sunday

[Click here for the readings] If you had to name one of the most quoted speeches of the 20th century, one near the top of any list would be the inaugural address of John F. Kennedy in 1961, with his call: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do [Read More...]

A blast from the past: "We are one in the Spirit…"

Haven’t heard this in years, but stumbled on this version by the great Christian group “Jars of Clay.” This hymn used to be a staple at mass when I was in high school — and not so very long ago, it was sung at Pentecost and for confirmations, too. Its musical merits are debatable, but [Read More...]

Homily for June 12, 2011: Pentecost Sunday

This Sunday, we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit, and the great birthday of the Church, Pentecost.  It may be one of the most neglected of the church’s feast days.  We don’t hang lights, as we do at Christmas, and we don’t wear fancy hats or eat lots of candy, as we do at [Read More...]


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