Sancti Spiritus

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Sequence hymn for Pentecost.
attr. to Notker Balbulus.

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Latin.png Latin text

1  Sancti Spiritus adsit nobis gratia.
2  Quae corda mea sibi faciat habitaculum.
Expulsis inde cunctis vitiis spiritabilis.
3  Spiritus alme Illustrator hominum,
Horridas nostrae mentis purga tenebras,
4  Amator sancte sensatorum semper cogitatuum.
Infunde unctionem tuam clemens meis sensibus.
5  Tu purificator omnium flagitiorum Spiritus.
Purifica mei oculum interioris hominis.
6  Ut videri supremus genitor possit a nobis.
Mundi cordis quem soli cernere possunt oculi.
7  Prophetas tu inspirasti ut praeconia Christi praecinuissent inclyta.
Apostolos confortasti uti trophaeum Christi per totum mundum veherent.
8  Quando machinam per verbum suum fecit Deus coeli, terrae, marium.
Tu super aquas foturus eas numen tuum expandisti Spiritus.
9  Tu animabus vivificandis aquas foecundas.
Tu aspirando das spiritales esse homines.
10  Tu divisum per linguas mundum et ritus adunasti Domine.
Idolatras ad cultum Dei revocas Magistrorum optime.
11  Ergo nos supplicantes tibi exaudi propitius sancte Spiritus.
Sine quo preces omnes cassae creduntur et indignae Dei auribus.
12  Tu qui omnium saeculorum sanctos tui numinis docuisti, instinctu amplectendo, Spiritus.

Ipse hodie Apostolos Christi donans munere insolito et cunctis inaudito seculis.

13  Hunc diem gloriosum fecisti.
14  Sancti Spiritus adsit nobis gratia.

English.png English translation

1  May the grace of the Holy Ghost be with us now.
2  May He our hearts refashion as His own holy dwelling-place.
Expelling from them every spiritual vice and wickedness.
3  Nourishing Spirit, all mankind’s Enlightener!
Purge from our senses all shades of obscurity,
4  O holy Lover of the prudent, ever keep us in Thy care;
Pour out Thy gracious unction on us, with it fill our heart and mind.
5  Thou Cleanser, who makest pure every shameful and gross impurity,
O Spirit, now cleanse and purify of blindness man’s interior eye.
6  Let our Lord and Creator show Himself to us evermore,
Who is visible only unto the eye of the pure in heart.
7  Thou didst inspire the true Prophets to proclaim the Messiah, and His Gospel all-glorious.
Thou didst inspire the Apostles Christ’s own banner to carry to the earth’s farthest boundaries.
8  When by His Word of power God created heaven, earth, and sea in wondrous symmetry,
Thou o’er the waters, O Spirit, hovering, scatteredst abroad Thy breath of godliness.
9  Thou by enriching waters dost quicken souls of men again.
Thou by Thine exhalation dost render mankind spiritual.
10  Thou, Lord, hast reunited men once divided in their rites and languages.
Calling, O Best of Masters, back the idolater to Thy worship orthodox.
11  Wherefore, O Holy Spirit, be Thou propitious, and hear us, Thy humble supplicants,
For without Thee our every prayer is empty and odious in the ears of God.
12  Thou, O Spirit, who by the embracing impulse of Thy breath hast filled with wisdom the saints of every age in history,
Who this day didst endow Christ’s own Apostles with a gift unknown and unheard of, for which the past could find no precedent:
13  Thus didst Thou make this day so glorious.
14  May the grace of the Holy Ghost be with us now.
Translation by Matthew Carver © 2011

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