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But singing this can be intimidating! Six pages of endless notes and words? As singing the Exsultet is the rightful role of the Deacon, it may also be sung by a priest or a cantor. What if your deacon, priest, or cantor is not a professional musician?
Here is an opportunity to work closely with them. You can listen and follow the score at the same time. The first recording is sung by Fr. Jonathan Gaspar:. The second resource is a wonderful page compiled by Jeff Ostrowski. Here you will find his recordings and practice videos in higher and lower keys.
It will be helpful to refer to some casual notes I wrote with non-technical terms in the margins of the Exsultet here. Download an unmarked score from ICEL here. Learn the first two and a half lines, and you have now learned nearly the entire first page! Next in parenthesis, which is skipped if sung by a cantor—N. Have you ever sung the Preface? Have you heard it sung? Then the rest will sound very familiar! The next section is taken verbatim from the Preface Dialogue. As such, this section uses the same melodic formula as a Preface.
This Preface tone continues throughout the rest of the chant. This sets up the characteristic cadence of the Preface tone. See my notes on page 2.
This emphasis is warranted, as this section conveys some of the most extraordinary implications of the Exsultet. O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed completely by the Death of Christ! O happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!
But while trying to concentrate on the notes, make sure you allow the boundless blessings of this text to supersede all that you communicate to the faithful. Revel in the text and do not worry about mistakes. Make them and move right past them. Even the best of singers will make plenty of errors on this holiest of nights.
Diction will be much more important than singing each note perfectly. If you feel your pacing is too slow, your diction over-enunciated, it is probably just right! You may have opportunity to sing this again in the future. It will get better and more comfortable each time. More importantly, the text will take hold hold of your heart for the rest of your life!
It is an honor to sing this. Anyone who does will be indelibly changed in spirit. For those who listen, allow its breathless beauty to steal your heart! Richard J. His compositions have been performed worldwide. Corpus Christi Watershed is a c 3 public charity dedicated to exploring and embodying as our calling the relationship of religion, culture, and the arts.
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Easter Proclamation (Exsultet)
The recording of the Great Alleluia below. Exsultet at the ambo or at a lectern, with all standing and holding lighted candles in their hands. Jesus Christ our King is risen! Sound the trumpet of salvation! The Exultet of Bari Translator's Note. Gospel Lesson - Matthew We opologize, the complete service was not recorded. The Exultet, that long beautiful poem sung by a single voice.
Helping Your Deacon or Priest Learn the Exsultet
The Exsultet spelled in pre editions of the Roman Missal as Exultet or Easter Proclamation ,  in Latin Praeconium Paschale , is a lengthy sung proclamation delivered before the paschal candle , ideally by a deacon , during the Easter Vigil in the Roman Rite of Mass. In the absence of a deacon, it may be sung by a priest or by a cantor. It is sung after a procession with the paschal candle before the beginning of the Liturgy of the Word. It is also used in Anglican and various Lutheran churches, as well as other Western Christian denominations.
Episcopal exultet music
But singing this can be intimidating! Six pages of endless notes and words? As singing the Exsultet is the rightful role of the Deacon, it may also be sung by a priest or a cantor. What if your deacon, priest, or cantor is not a professional musician? Here is an opportunity to work closely with them. You can listen and follow the score at the same time. The first recording is sung by Fr.