May 31, 2020: Pentecost Sunday

The Collegeville Composers were faced with attempting to provide for both the Vigil and the Mass of the Day. In this case, they drew inspiration from the Vigil Gospel, John 7:37-39:

On the last and greatest day of the feast,
Jesus stood up and exclaimed,
“Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink.
As Scripture says:
Rivers of living water will flow from within him who believes in me.”

He said this in reference to the Spirit
that those who came to believe in him were to receive.
There was, of course, no Spirit yet,
because Jesus had not yet been glorified.

The Missal antiphon for the Vigil (John 7:37) takes part of this reading:

On the last day of the festival, Jesus stood and cried out:
If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink, alleluia.

At Communion, we are called to come and drink the Blood of the Risen Lord as well as to eat his Risen Body. Not only does this assuage our thirst, but with the power of the Spirit in us, streams of living water will flow from within us when we show Christ to the world in the way that we live. In this way, what we have celebrated and received becomes enfleshed as we are sent forth in mission to a hungry and thirsty world.


  1. Thank you for sharing the context of this antiphon in light of the Vigil Gospel. I have another liturgical question on Pentecost… when celebrating the Vigil Mass for Pentecost– is the Sequence sung? I am advised it is not and that it is only for Mass on Pentecost Day. Is this correct?

    1. Lawrence —

      You are correct. The Sequence is only sung on the day itself, not at the Vigil.

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