INTROITUS: Easter Sunday

Resurrexi et adhuc tecum sum, alleluia: posuisti super me manum tuam, alleluia: mirabilis facta est scientia tua, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

“I have risen and I am still with you, alleluia! You have put your hand on me, alleluia! Your knowledge is admirable, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!” (cf. Ps 139 [138]:18.5.6)

Click here to listen to an audio recording of the chant.
Sung by Liborius Lumma, Innsbruck (Austria).

The introit of Easter Sunday has been vastly improved through recent research into the original melody. Today we know that there are many more half-tone intervals in this introit than in older versions that used to dissolve these intervals to the upper tone.

In the above melody, this introit has nothing harsh, triumphant, or bossy whatsoever. It is a cautious expression of astonishment, like taking the first unburdened deep breath after dangerous distress.

The text is directly addressed to God, and it is written in the first person singular: I am alive.

That is what Jesus says today, and we can say it with him too. I am alive, and nothing can separate me and the life-giving God from each other.

Alleluia.

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