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One ancient hymn and one psalm are traditionally sung on the feast of Pentecost. The hymn is Veni Creator Spiritus (Come, Creator Spirit) and is attributed to Rabanus Maurus Magnentius in the 9th century. The English translation follows below.

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 Thee we cry,
Thou heav’nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

O Finger of the hand divine,
the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou,
who dost the tongue with power endow.

Thy light to every sense impart,
and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply
to strengthen our infirmity.

Drive far away our ghostly foe,
and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide,
no evil can our steps betide.

Praise we the Father and the Son
and Holy Spirit with them One;
and may the Son on us bestow
the gifts that from the Spirit flow.

The psalm is Psalm 104. Below St. Peter’s Church in Columbia, South Carolina, sings the Gelineau version, whose antiphon runs as follows: “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”

More on Psalm 104 to come.

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