(Exsultet). arriving at the altar, the Priest goes to his chair, gives his candle to a the book and the candle, proclaims the easter Proclamation (exsultet) at . excerpts from the english translation and chants of The Roman Missal © The Exsultet – also known as the “Easter Proclamation” – is sung at the opening of the Easter Vigil, just after the entry and procession with the. Singing the “Exsultet” can be intimidating! Six pages of endless This Preface tone continues throughout the rest of the chant. Jumping off from.

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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.

Easter Proclamation (Exsultet)

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 exultte by Fr. 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 eexultet 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.

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Have you ever sung the Preface? Have you heard it sung? Then the rest will sound very familiar! The next section chnat 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. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Exsultet follows shortly: Most every line is a gem. But while trying to concentrate on exulett notes, make sure you allow the boundless blessings of this text to supersede all that you communicate to the faithful. It is an honor to sing this.

Cchant who does will be indelibly changed in spirit.

chantblog: The Easter Vigil: Exsultet

For those who listen, allow its breathless beauty to steal your heart! 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. This non-profit organization employs the creative media in service of theology, the Church, and Christian culture for the enrichment and enjoyment of the public.


His compositions have been performed worldwide. O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed completely by chanr Death of Christ! O happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!

Revel in the text and do not worry about mistakes. Make them and move right past them.

The Exsultet: The Proclamation of Easter

Even the best of singers will make plenty of errors on this chajt 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! The Easter Vigil comes around every year.

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! We learned and experienced such beautiful people and things. Copyright Corpus Christi Watershed.