Torg The presence of holy Pastors in the Church. The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness. We learned and experienced such beautiful people and things. Our birth would have been no gain, had we not been redeemed. O truly blessed night, worthy alone to know the time and hour when Christ rose from the underworld! Salvation through the obedience of Christ.
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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! 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 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! Clark Richard J. His compositions have been performed worldwide. Calumny can be especially painful if the person telling lies is someone you helped.
Our Lord sat close to them! He was near them! The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity touched them, and was friendly toward them! Truly, the people who can hurt us the most—and betray us the most—are those whom we have loved. He was faithful to his position as convent organist even after his professional debut as an organist, and never accepted any extra pay for being a chapelmaster.
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Exsultet – short
Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness. Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice, arrayed with the lightning of his glory, let this holy building shake with joy, filled with the mighty voices of the peoples. The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. Lift up your hearts.
Helping Your Deacon or Priest Learn the Exsultet