Pentecost

Veni Creator Spiritus, Come Creator Spirit

Guest Contributor Fay Magee sends a musical offering for Pentecost. She writes:

"The "Prelude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le thème du "Veni Creator", Op. 4, the first of the three major organ works by Maurice Duruflé (1902 - 1986).  The three pieces are based on the plainchant melody of Veni Creator Spiritus - "Come Creator Spirit" - one of the most-used hymns of Western Christendom. It was brought to my attention yesterday at Trinity College, Melbourne by Chris Watson the Music Director playing it as the Postlude to our Monday Eucharist. Here's a link to one performance and a photo of the organ."

Festival international “Toulouse les Orgues” (2016) - Basilica Saint-Sernin de Toulouse. Michel Bouvard, organ / www.toulouse-les-orgues.org

Photo of the organ in Arlesheim Cathedral, thanks to  aeolus-music.com

Photo of the organ in Arlesheim Cathedral, thanks to aeolus-music.com

  • For a translation from the Latin, and some information on the history of the Hymn Veni Creator Spiritus visit Preces-latinae.org
  • And listen to this hymn in its original plainchant; the recording is from "Nunc Dimmitis" Prayers of Compline. Sung by the Benedictine monks of Quarr Abey, Isle of Wight:

Veni Creator Spiritus ("Come Creator Spirit") is a hymn believed to have been written by Rabanus Maurus in the 9th century. When the original Latin text is used, it is normally sung in Gregorian Chant. As an invocation of the Holy Spirit, in the Roman Catholic Church it is sung at the feast of Pentecost (Terce and Vespers).

- Thank you Fay!

Heat Wave in Tamil Nadu / Sandra Maa

Sandra Maa Heber Percy, a resident of Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu State, South India - at the base of the sacred mountain Arunachala - contributes this dramatic photo and writes: 

The heat wave continues.
Locals tell me it was not this hot 10 years back and wonder what it will be like in 10 years.
Old people die like flies.

Heat wave; city of Madurai - photo from the Tamil Nadu Press

Heat wave; city of Madurai - photo from the Tamil Nadu Press

Many of those resident in Tiruvannamalai are devotees of the modern sage Sri Ramana Maharshi who lived and taught there. Arunachala, known as the Holy Hill, is a Hindu sacred site where Siva manifested. This whole region is undergoing a ferocious drought.

Now, approaching the Christian festival of Pentecost, (and borrowing language from Michael Jagessar's post) — a prayer:

O WIND-RUSH GOD....HELP US TO PRESERVE OUR PLANET AND ITS PEOPLES

Arunachala, p  hoto © Abul Kalam Azad | Ekalokam Trust for Photography Project 365 Public Photo-Art Archive Tiruvannamalai

Arunachala, photo © Abul Kalam Azad | Ekalokam Trust for Photography Project 365 Public Photo-Art Archive Tiruvannamalai