Pentecost (2013)

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Entrance O Spirit All-embracing (music: Gustav Holst, arr Proulx; words: Delores Dufner)
Gloria Glory to God (Peter Jones)
Psalm Send forth your Spirit (Paul Wellicome)
Gospel Acclamation Easter Gospel Acclamation (Brian Luckner)
Rite of Confirmation (i) Pentecost Sequence (arr. Proulx)
(ii) Spirit of the living God & Ps 102(103) (John Ainslie)
(iii) Hymn to the Holy Spirit (Randolph Currie);
(iv) Come Holy Spirit 2 (Stephen Dean)
Preparation of the Gifts Wisdom, come softly (Martin Barry & Diane Murden)
Sanctus, Acclamation A, Amen Spring Sanctus (mcb)
Agnus Dei Lamb of God II (mcb)
Communion This is my body
Recessional Come Holy Ghost, creator come

With around sixty candidates for Confirmation, we needed plenty of music to cover the rite. In various guises we had three of the most important sung texts for the feast, namely the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus in Randolph Currie’s arrangement (and again later in our recessional hymn), the sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus both in Richard Proulx’s jaunty reworking of the chant melody and accompanying Stephen Dean’s gentle ostinato, and Ps 103 interspersed between repetitions of Spirit of the living God, as well as earlier in Paul Wellicome’s energetic setting of the responsorial psalm.


  1. Wisdom Come Softly is a great favourite in our parish, especially with our young people. It is quite beautiful, and one of my all-time favourites. I hope that makes me a young person. :-)

    I also love Paul Wellicome's setting of the psalm, written for SAMen - for those parish choirs with only a token man.

  2. Thank you, Anonymous! You're as young as you want to be.

    For Paul Wellicome's Psalm we had the tenors on the 'men' part (which goes fairly high) and had the basses double the melody in the refrain, adding to the robust feeling which is the genius of the piece. ;-)