The Easter Proclamation
is surely one of the most exultant of the Church's prayers. After reliving
the drama and meditating on Our Lord's Passion during Lent, culminating in
the Triduum, the Easter Proclamation, still under cover of darkness at the
Easter Vigil, boldly proclaims the triumph of Christ's resurrection, the
very basis of Christianity.
The following are
guidelines from the Missal on preparing to sing the Proclamation: -
1) When he comes to the
altar, the priest goes to his chair. The deacon places the Easter candle
on a stand in the middle of the sanctuary or near the lectern. If incense
is used, the priest puts some in the censer as at the gospel of Mass. Then
the deacon asks the blessing of the priest.
2) The blessing is
omitted if the Easter proclamation is sung by one who is not a deacon.
3) The book and candle
may be incensed. Then the deacon, of if there is no deacon, the priest
sings the Easter Proclamation at the lectern of pulpit. All stand and hold
4) If necessary, one
who is not a deacon may sing the Easter proclamation. In this case bars
14-20 inclusive are omitted.
Here are a few
guidelines on how best to sing the Proclamation: -
1) As its name suggests
the Proclamation should be proclaimed with a loud, bold and clear voice.
Whether using a microphone or not, it is important to exaggerate and
pronounce all the syllables clearly, so that the Proclamation may be
clearly heard. When sung in English, it is particularly important to
ensure that final syllables of words are clearly pronounced and not
"thrown away" as they often are in spoken English.
2) The note values are
for guidance only, although there is a clear distinction between the
quavers and crotchets. [If in doubt, seek advice from a musician.] The
important thing is to sing the Proclamation in as speech like rhythm as
possible, always remembering stress within words and stress within
3) Choose a pitch to
suit your voice. It is not necessary to sing the Proclamation at the pitch
in the score. For most male voices, the written pitch is on the high side.
Seek advice, if necessary, from your organist as to what is the best pitch
to suit your voice.
4) If you are unsure of
the tone, then ask someone who can read music to help. In the absence of
anyone suitable, the Proclamation is included on the double CD And with your spirit, produced by The Music Makers.