Pentecost is coming up, and Corpus Christi Sunday is not too far off. Both of these Sundays have a sequence, which is a type of hymn which in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is sung before the Alleluia on certain select feasts. There are four days in the liturgical year that have a sequence: Easter Sunday (“Victimae Paschali Laudes”), Pentecost (“Veni Sancte Spiritus”), Corpus Christi (“Lauda Sion Salvatorem”) and Our Lady of Sorrows (“Stabat Mater Dolorosa”). On Easter Sunday and Pentecost, the sequence must be sung, whereas on Corpus Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows, the sequence is optional.
Fr. Samuel Weber has composed English versions of the three Sunday sequences (for Easter, Pentecost, and Corpus Christi), and they can be found on our Music Downloads page. Be sure to download and print them so you can have your cantor or choir learn prepare them for these upcoming feasts!