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Alleluias & Verses for Cantors

For all Sundays except during Lent (when the Alleluia hibernates until the
Resurrection of Jesus at the Easter Vigil)

Cantor first, then people repeat:

Version No. 1:
D G D A7 D

`’È^^6^)c-_6(6*(c5-(6*6&^;5=
Al – le – lu - - - ia! Al – le – lu - - - ia! Al – le – lu - - - ia!

or Version No. 2:
D G D A7 D

`’È^&*(c-6_)6_(c5-(6*(&z5=
Al – le – lu- - - ia! Al – le – lu - - - ia! Al – le - lu - - - ia!

Cantor:
D G D A7 D

`’È5t5o5_(c-5i55(&z=
(Verse is chanted on the above melody for both versions – see Psalmody for
Cantors for notes on fitting verses to melody)

Cantor & People together: repeat Alleluia once following the verse
Alleluias & Verses for Cantors
For all Sundays except during Lent (when the Alleluia hibernates until the
Resurrection of Jesus at the Easter Vigil)

Cantor first, then people repeat:

Version No. 3:
G D C G G D7 C G

`’()_x5-)_)(';6-()_)(i=
Al–le–lu – ia! Al – – le – lu–ia! Al – le –– lu –– ia!

G G D7 C G

`’()_p4)_x-5p4_()_c565i4=
(Verse is chanted on the above melody – see Psalmody for Cantors for
notes on fitting verses to melody)

Cantor & People together: repeat Alleluia once following the verse
Alleluias & Verses for Cantors
For use during Lent in place of the Alleluia before the Gospel reading

Cantor first, then people repeat:


G D Em Bm D G D7 C G

`’(6()6)6__6v56-6))_)x56i4=
Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ! King of endless glo - ry!

G G D7 C G

`’()_p4)_x-5p4_()_c565i4=
(Verse is chanted on the above melody – see Psalmody for Cantors for
notes on fitting verses to melody)

Cantor & People together: repeat refrain once following the verse
Psalmody for Cantors
Verse psalmody structure for use with any Psalm

Cantor:
C Am Em F C

`()+[4+Q6[4-5+[4_+)(i4-
C Am Em F C

`()+[4+Q6[4-5+[4_+c4i4=
Verse is chanted narratively on the above melody, meaning: not note for
note, but using a normal speech pattern. Above all, the text must be
conveyed clearly with proper syntax. The quarter notes lead into the whole
note which supports most of the text. Resp. Psalm verses usually consist of
four lines; thus, each line or phrase fits into one “measure” above.

Note on the Response portion of the Psalm: can usually fit the entire refrain
of the Psalm into the last two measures of the above. If the refrain is short
on syllables, combine notes and ad lib as needed. This is the classic
psalmody structure and has been used by the Church for all Psalms, no
matter the length. Here is an example of how to shorten the basic structure
to use just what is necessary for the refrain itself:
C Am Em F C

`(5)6+++Q6[4-5[4446_+6ci4=
The Lord is my shep - herd, there is nothing I shall want.

Note to musicians: The changing/strumming of a note/chord is usually best


placed on the stressed word in a phrase or the stressed syllable of a word.
The “Am” chord in the above example could well be placed at “noth-“.