Acts 2:2,4 [Latin] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.

Et factus est repente de caelo sonus, tamquam advenientis spiritus vehementis, et replevit totam domum ubi erant sedentes. Et repleti sunt omnes Spiritu Sancto, et coeperunt loqui variis linguis, prout Spiritus Sanctus dabat eloqui illis.

Descent of the Spirit (Pentecost) - by Gustave Dore
Descent of the Spirit – by Gustave Doré. Acts 2:3 – “And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them”

Factus est repente (from “The Strathclyde Motets”) – a communion motet for Pentecost, published in 2008 and composed by James MacMillan (b. 1959)

Coro Giovanile Italiano - Factus est repente by James Macmillan

Sung by Coro Giovanile Italiano, Director Davide Benetti

Sheet music can be purchased at the Boosey & Hawkes website

Psalm 85:12 [Latin – Psalm 84:13] – The Lord will give goodness: and our earth shall yield her fruit. 

Dóminus dabit benignitátem: et terra nostra dabit fructum suum.

Alessi fruit bowl, filled (Image via Wikimedia Commons)
Alessi fruit bowl, filled (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Dominus dabit, Communion motet for the First Sunday of Advent, from The Strathclyde Motets, composed by James MacMillan (b. 1959)

The Choir of St. James': Dominus dabit benignitatem

Sung by St. James’ in-the-City, Los Angeles

SHEET MUSIC AVAILABLE for purchase at JW Pepper

Alpha Omega
Alpha & Omega

Revelation 21:1-6a – set to text from the English Standard Version (ESV)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.

Alpha and Omega, commissioned by the Soli Deo Gloria Music Foundation and premiered in 2011. Music by Scottish composer James MacMillan (b. 1959)

Performed by Wheaton College Women’s Chorale & Men’s Glee Club
Mary Hopper, director