[quote="Monica_Autry, post:1, topic:190649"]
I am a new member and this is my first post! I need your help and wasn't sure what forum to post this to. I am a pianist/choir director for a chapel on Ft. Bragg and play for a Mass as well as two Protestant services. I am Prostestant and have been asked to play for and choose the music for the post's Easter Vigil. I love the music and liturgy of the Catholic church.
What music is usually played after baptism? Last year we sang, "I Am a New Creation." One of the priests, however asked for an alleluia. What is the tradition, and what alleluia should be used.
Thanks for your help and guidance!
Welcome to the forums! You posted in the right place.
The Easter Vigil by its very nature is the most solemn Mass of the entire liturgical year. It begins with the lighting of the fire and the Paschal candle. This is typically done outside. As the Paschal Candle is carried into the church (or, in your case, the chapel), the priest or deacon will intone "Christ our Light" and the faithful respond "Thanks be to God". This is done three times. Then the Exultet will be sung. You could give the priest the first note and then he will sing it. If he cannot sing, then, the deacon or cantor will sing it.
The Liturgy of the Word contains seven readings from the Old Testament and seven corresponding responsorial psalms. The psalms should be sung. For pastoral reasons, the celebrant may omit a couple, but, the reading from Exodus is never to be omitted. After the last psalm the Gloria is sung with all of its beauty and gusto. Then comes the opening prayer and the Epistle. After the Epistle comes the Gospel Acclamation (the Alleluia). Rather than having just one verse, there are three. Then, the Gospel is proclaimed.
After the homily, the Baptisms and Confrimations commence. As the water is being blessed, the Litany of the Saints is sung/chanted. During the Baptisms, you could very well sing All Creatures of Our God and King, since it is replete with Alleluias. When the confirmations of the newly baptized and the candidates commence, you can sing either Come, Holy Ghost or Veni Creator Spiritus.
After that, the Mass continues in the usual manner. Now, I have always used Alleluia, Sing to Jesus for Holy Communion and then the recessional is the triumphant, Jesus Christ is Risen Today."
Now, the dismissal will have a triple Alleluia. The Mass is ended go in peace, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. We respond, Thanks be to God, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
I hope this helps.