Learn to chant this fantastic song with confidence by identifying several recurring melodic motives. Learn one motif at a time, and identify every time it occurs throughout the chant. You will soon appreciate how this long ornate melody is really not that complicated. Once you are familiar with the following simple phrases, you will then be able to sing the Exultet with poise and precision.
- Singing is one of the primary ways that the assembly of the faithful participates actively in the Liturgy. The musical formation of the assembly must be a continuing concern in order to foster full, conscious, and active participation.
- Music should be considered a normal and ordinary part of the Church’s liturgical life. Singing by the gathered assembly is important at all celebrations. Among the parts to be sung, preference should be given “especially to those to be sung by the priest or the deacon or the lector, with the people responding, or by the priest and people together.” The dialogues of the Liturgy are fundamental because they “are not simply outward signs of communal celebration but foster and bring about communion between priest and people.”
- The importance of the priest’s participation in the Liturgy, especially by singing, cannot be overemphasized. The priest sings the presidential prayers and dialogues of the Liturgy according to his capabilities, and he encourages sung participation in the Liturgy by his own example, joining in the congregational song.
- In order to promote the corporate voice of the assembly when it sings, the priest’s own voice should not be heard above the congregation, nor should he sing the congregational response of the dialogues. While the assembly sings, the priest should step back from a microphone, or, if he is using a wireless microphone, he should turn it off.
- Programs of diaconal formation should include major and compulsory courses in the chant and song of the Liturgy.
Taken from “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship” USCCB, 2008
Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Denton, NE
Are you a Pastor who is looking for ideas on how to revitalize your worship?
1) Teach the congregation that the Mass is meant to be sung
Read Musicam Sacram and Sing to the Lord for teaching ideas
2) Begin to chant the simple dialogues and prayers at every Mass (the parts in black below: #1)
3) Never stop chanting these easy parts (#1). Be consistent so that this becomes normal.
SEEK is the annual FOCUS leadership conference. Young adults from across the country attend to learn how to transform the world in Christ. Look, listen and watch! What a great witness to youth and worship.
5 Steps to renew your congregation:
from passive spectators to active participants
- Chant “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
- Chant “The Lord be with you.”
- Chant the “Kyrie” and “Lamb of God”
- Chant the Gospel introduction and conclusion
- Chant the “Our Father”
SING THE MASS
CHANGE THE WORLD
“Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship” USCCB, 2008
Chapter 4: #110-118
Help is needed with our 7th Annual Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday, June 18th at 2:00 pm. Please sign up to help as you are able. The Meal is held in the Parish Center.
May all of Norfolk know of our Catholic faith in the Real Presence!