Easter Proclamation
Shorter Form

Easy-to-read vocal score

(Catalogue R027)

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Notes

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 lighted candles.

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 sentences.

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.