There is a wonderful turn in the liturgy, starting with Week 6 of Eastertide. The message of Jesus’ impending departure, and his promise of the Holy Spirit’s coming begin to filter through the various antiphons and Propers for the next two weeks. Spiritus Sanctus is this year’s Communion piece.
The text from John 14:26 states: “The Holy Spirit will teach you whatever I have said to you.” This succinct chant is filled with triumphant joy, which is displayed in the major sound of Mode 8. It fluctuates back and forth between its Home Tone SOL and Reciting Tone DO, giving it a sense of real conversation.