Banished the Darkness

The Exsultet is a beautiful prayer that is sung near the beginning of the Easter Vigil. It’s also a very difficult piece to sing. My wife and I were impressed when Frank Jr. told us that he had been asked to sing the Exsultet at Holy Family Catholic Community in Middletown, Maryland. My wife has sung it at our parishes in Knoxville and Burbank.

The service starts outside at sunset. The Easter Candle is lit from a small bonfire. Parishioners process into a dark church, carrying candles with flames passed to one another from the Easter Candle. The Exsultet and the Old Testament readings are proclaimed in the dark. The church lights come on when the Gloria is sung prior to the New Testament readings.

Monsignor Rob Jaskot made a reference to the Exsultet during his homily. At the end of Mass, he thanked Sue Heuver and the choir for their hard work and mentioned that Frank’s parents had driven up from Tennessee to hear him sing.

As the proud parent, I couldn’t help but record the Exsultet on my camera phone.

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