Veni Creator Spiritus, was commissioned by the Church of the Incarnation, Mantua, NJ for a special Easter Vigil service, celebrating the reception of candidates into the church. Incorporating the main motive of the Gregorian Chant, “Veni Creator Spitirus” the pieces opens with the first verse of the hymn dating back to Rabanus Maurus (776-856 AD). The text then shifts to “Veni Sancte Spiritus” which, despite having its origins in the Proper of the Roman Catholic Liturgy, has been used as a private devotional prayer for centuries,. The piece features long flowing lines and seamless transitions between sections.

Veni Creator Spiritus

Come Holy Spirit,

Visit the souls of your own:

With your heavenly grace fill

The hearts that you have created.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful

and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.

And you will renew the face of the earth.