Q: Is there a reason for a priest to sing the Exsultet even if a deacon is present who can sing it, just because the priest wants to do it himself?. Exsultet is the first word of the Latin Easter Proclamation, sung at the Easter Vigil every year to celebrate the Resurrection (“rejoice, heavenly powers!”).

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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 best exsulfet date from the tenth and eleventh centuries.

Deviations in Holy Week In connection with deviations in the prescribed rites of the Easter triduum see March 20there are a range of questions regarding the washing of feet on Holy Deutxch. Dei, XV, xxiiin Africa. These, then, are the exsultrt of Passover, in which is slain the Lamb, the one true Lamb, whose Blood anoints the doorposts of believers. This is why, when necessary, a lay cantor can substitute a priest and deacon if they are unable to sing the proclamation.

This was removed in the revision, but remains in use in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, ending with the formula:. The text of the Easter Proclamation contained in The United Methodist Book of Worship is chanted by a deacon deutschh the procession into the church with the Paschal Candle: The use of these rolls, as far deutscj is known at present, was confined to Italy.

The regularity of the metrical cursus of the Exsultet would lead us to place the date of its composition deufsch as early as the fifth century, and not later than the seventh. Since the revision of the Holy Week rites, the Roman Missal explicitly gives the title ” Praeconium ” to the Exsultetas it already did implicitly in the formula it provided for blessing the deacon before the chant: In connection with deviations in the prescribed rites of the Easter triduum see March 20there are a range of questions regarding the washing of feet on Holy Thursday.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This version, or a similar translation, may be used in various Lutheran denominations. These “Exsultet Rolls” were decorated with illuminations and with the portraits of contemporary reigning sovereigns, whose names were mentioned in the course of the “Praeconium”. One is the preference for the Exsultet to be sung. O love, O charity beyond all telling, to ransom a slave you gave away your Son!


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. Lift up your hearts. The Lord be with you. And so, afterthe prayer actually ended with the immediately preceding petition for the members of the Church:. But now we know the praises of this pillar, which glowing fire ignites for God’s honour, exsyltet fire into many flames divided, yet never dimmed by sharing of its light, for exssultet is fed by melting wax, drawn out by mother bees to build a torch so precious.

O truly blessed night, worthy alone to know the xesultet and hour when Christ rose deutscy the underworld!

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This is dektsch night of which it is written: O truly blessed night, when things of heaven deutssch wed to those of earth, and divine to the human. Detusch wonder of your humble care for us!

The Exultet in Southern Italy. Few rites have been subject to such confusion over the last few years regarding who and how many people can have exsu,tet feet washed, who can do the washing, and whether parts of the body other than the feet may be washed. It is always possible, however, that a particular deacon or priest overestimates his singing ability, and a musically literate priest realizes that a relatively difficult piece such as the Exsultet deutsfh really beyond him. The rubrics in the missal state quite clearly: Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: This is the night when Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld.

In pre forms of the Roman Rite the deacon or, if there is no deacon, the priest himself, puts off his violet vestments and wears a white or gold dalmatic for the entry into the church with the paschal candle and the singing or recitation of the Exsultet, resuming the violet vestments immediately afterwards.

This is the night that even now throughout the world, sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin, leading them to grace and joining them to his holy ones.


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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In Pope Pius XII added a phrase to the prayer for the members of the Church and definitively removed the prayer for the Holy Roman Emperor, replacing it with a generic prayer for the civil authorities inspired by the prayer for the Emperor:.

In the Liber Ordinumfor instance, the formula is of the nature of a benediction, and the Gelasian Sacramentary has the prayer Deus mundi conditornot found elsewhere, but containing the remarkable “praise of the bee”– possibly a Vergilian reminiscence—which is found with more or less modification in all the texts of the “Praeconium” down to the present.

United Methodist Publishing House. The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness. Our birth would have been no gain, had we not been redeemed. May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: He may therefore decide to sing it himself out of respect for the dignity of the most solemn celebration of the liturgical year, and also so as to save the deacon a moment of embarrassment before the entire parish community.


The text should include your initials, your city and your state, province or country. And all this mayhem about a rite that can be omitted completely! It is sung after a procession with the paschal candle before the beginning of the Liturgy of the Word.

The formula used for the Praeconium was not always the Exsultetthough it is perhaps true to say that this formula has survived, where other contemporary formulae have disappeared. The head of the Holy Roman Empire alone could be prayed for exxultet this formula, and deutsdh resignation in of the prerogatives of that position by Emperor Francis II of Austrialeft that position unfilled thereafter, so that the prayer was in practice not used.