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Come Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire (Veni Creator Spiritus) Old Hymn/New Setting

Come Holy Ghost

Last year, I was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of North America. I first sensed the call to ordained ministry in my teens and 20’s, but was reluctant to say “yes” to the Lord. Long story short: God eventually got my attention! I said “yes”, and was honored to be ordained in 2021. There’s an ancient prayer and hymn of the church called “Veni Creator Spiritus” (or Come Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire). You’ll often hear this hymn in liturgical churches on or around Pentecost. And in the Anglican tradition, it’s also sung in an ordination service for a priest.

For my ordination service, my friend Zach Sprowls and I wrote a new arrangement for this ancient text. I took the first stab at it, then Zach improved it, and made it much less boring! Zach also then arranged it for a string quartet. I was delighted to have another good friend of mine, Jordan Ware, sing it in the service.

The lyric video is below, as well as the orchestration (score, lead sheet, piano chart, and string parts). If this would be useful for you and/or your church, then please feel free to use it!

Come Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire (Veni Creator Spiritus)

(Sung by Jordan Ware. Words: Latin, 9th century; tr. John Cosin (1594-1672); para. of Veni Creator Spiritus. Music: Jamie Brown and Zach Sprowls. © 2021 Worthily Magnify Music and Zaspr Media LLC. All rights reserved.)

Download the free orchestration (PDF)

This article on the song, Come Holy Ghost originally appeared here, and is used by permission.

on New Setting of a Very Old Hymn