Use: Easter Vigil, Baptism
Required Resources: SATB choir
Many parishes are emphasizing the pre-eminence of the Great Easter Vigil.
Choirs and instrumentalists are rightly enhancing this liturgy with great music, performed well.
Along with a chanted Litany (perhaps in Latin), more Gregorian chant, and beautiful choral motets, the Ritual Music for Baptism can use refurbishing.
If you're looking for something other than the ubiquitous "catchy" congregational antiphons for the Baptismal Rites at the Easter Vigil, this octavo is for you.
John Ignatowski has set these proper English texts for SATB choir, a cappella.
after the Blessing of Water:
Springs of water, bless the Lord.
Give him glory and praise forever.
after the Baptisms:
You have put on Christ, in him you have been baptized, alleluia, alleluia.
These antiphons are set in Renaissance polyphonic style, beautifully written and of moderate difficulty.
They are noteworthy for several reasons:
- They set the proper text in a noble way.
- They are in English, so the congregation can readily comprehend the acclamation.
- They are a cappella, so the choir can gather near the font to sing.
Step up the solemnity of your Easter Vigil with these new settings for choir!