Ember Wednesday of Pentecost (EF)


This Wednesday, the Church continues the celebration of Pentecost in the Extraordinary Form. However, the day is also one of the 12 Ember Days during the year: a day of fasting and partial abstinence from meat. The penance for the set of three ember days (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) in Pentecost was especially dedicated to vocations, since ordinations frequently happened at the end of the Octave of Pentecost.


Deus, dum egredereris coram populo tuo, iter faciens eis, habitans in illis, alleluia: terra mota est, caeli distillaverunt, alleluia, alleluia.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Ps, 67:8,9

Ant. O God, when Thou didst go forth in the sight of Thy people, making a passage for them, dwelling among them, alleluia, the earth was moved and the heavens dropped down.

V. Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered; and let them that hate Him flee from before His face.

V. Glory be...


Veni, Sancte Spiritus, et emitte coelitus tuae lucis radium.
— Missale Romanum (1962)

V. Come, Holy Spirit, send forth the heavenly radiance of Your light.

V. Come, Father of the poor. Come, Giver of gifts. Come, Light of the heart.

V. Greatest Comforter, sweet Guest of the soul, Sweet consolation!

V. O Rest in labor, O Temperance in heat, O Solace in tears,

V.  O most blessed Light, fill the inmost heart of Your faithful.

V. Without Your spirit, there is nothing in man, nothing that is not harmful.

V. Cleanse that which is unclean; water that which is dry; heal that which is wounded.

V. Bend that which is rigid; inflame that which is frigid; rule that which has deviated.

V. Grant to Your faithful who trust in You, the sevenfold gifts.

V. Grant the merit of virtue; grant the deliverance of salvation; grant eternal joy. Amen. Alleluia. 


Meditabor in mandatis tuis, quae dilexi valde: et levabo manus meas ad mandata tua, quae dilexi, alleluia.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Ps. 118:47,48

Ant. I shall meditate on Thy commandments, which I have loved; and I shall lift up my hands to Thy commandments, which I have loved, alleluia.


Pacem relinquo vobis, alleluia: pacem meam do vobis, alleluia, alleluia.
— Missale Romanum (1962); cf. Jn. 14:27

Ant. Peace I leave to you, alleluia; My peace I give to you, alleluia, alleluia.