Like many parishes this year, we will be chanting the sequence for the first time in probably many years rather than either reading it (ughh...) or singing it to a forced metrical hymn (the OLD 100th setting comes to mind...).
This is a good thing, and only required a little bit of ingenuity on my part. I say that because I was asked first that it be sung in English (OK...we've been doing a lot of vernacular chant as of late) and second that I use the text given in the Missalette.
Yikes. The text in the missalette is intended to be sung to a metrical hymn, but thank heavens they just printed the text rather than the actual metrical setting as well. This enabled me to do a bit of improvising. What came to mind was something like a chant hymn, using an AA-BB form rather like the Dies Irae; Two distinct melodic strophes sung twice each in alternation. Rather than use an existing chant hymn (not to mention that I couldn't find one in 677 meter that sometimes changes to 767 or 777...it was just too strange!) I decided to just, well....make one up.
I don't know whether this is really the best solution here...but given what I had to work with, it isn't such a bad one if I may say so myself. I may want to fix the "Amen; Alleluia" at the end...after listening to it I don't think it really works all that well.
VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS - Pentecost Sequence (English)
I wonder if this sort of thing is going to become more common in years to come?