Use: Easter Vigil
Required Resources: SAB choir
The Roman Missal rubrics for the Easter Vigil Gospel Acclamation (called the Alleluia Psalm) say:
34. After the Epistle has been read, all rise; then the Priest solemnly intones the Alleluia three times, raising his voice by a step each time, with all repeating it.
If necessary, the psalmist intones the Alleluia.
Then the psalmist or cantor proclaims Psalm 118 with the people responding Alleluia.
Here in Alleluia Psalm for the Easter Vigil is an easy and effective way to realize that rubric.
The simple Alleluia (chant mode VI) is sung first in F Major; the accompaniment is supplied for the congregation's repetition.
Next we find a similar setting in F-sharp Major; then G Major.
After this, the three verses (coming from Psalm 118) are set for SAB choir.
A descant is provided for the Alleluia refrain from here to the end.
Completely faithful to the rubrics and the traditions of the Vigil liturgy, Alleluia Psalm for the Easter Vigil is a great way for the choir to be intimately involved in singing the Liturgy on this great night.