Review – Resurrexit – Decani Music

In the time since I was ordained some 7 years ago, there has never been a Holy Week in which someone has not telephoned to enquire where o­ne might find a copy of the Exsultet ? the ancient Easter hymn of praise. Sometimes the request is more specific ? where can o­ne find a singable version of the Exsultet? o­ne at least o­ne occasion, I remember trying to teach someone to sing it down a telephone line o­n Holy Saturday itself. This was not helped by my having to admit that I had never learned more than the first couple of lines ? the rest, I make up.

However, I now have a better answer to this question. Anyone looking for the Exsultet will find it in a new hymn-book supplement for Lent, the Easter Triduum and Eastertide ? Resurrexit produced by the imaginative Decani Music. In addition to two versions of the Exsultet ? both singable and even more singable, there is much more which might satisfy anyone planning the music for this time of year. Coming with a modern Roman Catholic heritage, this book has responsorial psalms galore as well as simple chants which any congregation could learn easily. There are a couple of good simple settings of the Reproaches for Good Friday. For the Easter Vigil, there are several ?Sprinkling Songs?, to drench the congregation to, and also a special Easter version of Bernadette Farrell?s popular hymn ?Christ be our Light?.

Most of the settings in this book are covered by the Calamus copyright license, which is administered by the publishers.

The collection has been gathered specifically so as to offer pieces which have not appeared already in existing hymnbooks. All in all, it would offer many Episcopal church congregations something new and refreshing for the most important time of the year. Highly recommended.

Resurrexit ? Music for Lent, the East Triduum and Eastertide is published by Decani Music ? and costs ?11.95


  1. Anonymous says

    Re: Review – Resurrexit – Decani Music
    A very good o­nline resource for the Exsultet can be found on Fr Simon Rundell's excellent website:

    There you can download the Exsultet in MP3 format (4.73 MB), and also a printed copy in four-stave 'monastic' plainchant notation, in PDF (65 KB).  This is the version I sang last year, and will sing again this Easter Vigil.  I found the MP3 useful — like Exsultet Karaoke!

  2. You can download a PDF of the Common Worship ‘Times and Seasons’ version that I typeset for the RSCM:

    Incidentally, the comment above includes a link that is no longer available.

  3. I should also have said that Resurrexit, like its sisters, Laudate and Veni Emmanuel, are excellent resource collections (not always very well typeset or proofread — but, hey, that’s my hangup!).
    I haven’t had an opportunity to see Cantate yet.

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