This article is about sequence for the Mass for Pentecost. For prayer which has a partial indulgence attached to it, see Come, Holy Spirit. Not to be confused with the Latin hymn Veni Veni sancte spiritus taize pdf Spiritus.
For the mathematical ratio, see Golden ratio. Veni Sancte Spiritus, sometimes called the “Golden Sequence,” is a sequence prescribed in the Roman Liturgy for the Masses of Pentecost and its octave, exclusive of the following Sunday. It is usually attributed to either the thirteenth-century Pope Innocent III or to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Stephen Langton, although it has been attributed to others as well.
Before Trent many feasts had their own sequences. It is still sung today in some parishes on Pentecost. It has been set to music by a number of composers, especially during the Renaissance, including Dufay, Josquin, Willaert, Palestrina, John Dunstaple, Lassus, Victoria, and Byrd.
Later composers who have set the text include Arvo Pärt, Morten Lauridsen, Frank La Rocca and most familiarly to Catholics, Samuel Webbe. This translation was by Edward Caswall and is sung to the tune ST PHILIP. Thy pure beaming radiance give.