Sacred Liturgy & Sacraments: June 2011 Archives
The sequence, as you know, is a poem of the Middle Ages that was composed for specific feasts of the Paschal Mystery, holy days and feasts of saints to draw our attention to the truth of the faith. It is the lex orandi tradition at its best. While not taken from the Bible, the sequence relates to us the major themes of sacred Scripture to which we need to give some attention. The sequence is sung after the second reading and right before the Alleluia verse (Gospel acclamation).
Here are but a few lines from "Veni Sancte Spiritus" to bring to prayer:
O most blessed Light fill the inmost heart of thy faithful.
Without your spirit, nothing is in man, nothing that is harmless.
Wash that which is sordid water that which is dry, heal that which is wounded.
Make flexible that which is rigid, warm that which is cold, rule that which is deviant.