Alleluias in Modes 1 & 3
Alleluia is sung at Mass with a melismatic extension on “-ia,” called the iubilus or song of jubilation. There is a verse section, with words usually from a Psalm, similar to the Psalm verse at the Introit, but sung with a much more elaborate melody. The melodic tone throughout the Alleluia and verse varies greatly from one Alleluia to another, with differences in tone from bright and festive, to solemn yet still festive, to a quality—peculiar to Gregorian chant—of musing with dark inner elation.
Abbreviated references here include the following:“Ps. 121:1” means that the words of the verse are from verse 1 of Psalm 121.
“GT19” is the page reference in Graduale triplex. “M2” is the number of the Mass formulary in the Sextuplex.
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Scroll down to view the original lyrics in Latin and their English translations.
In te Domine speravi non confundar in aeternum:
in tua iustitia libera me et eripe me:
inclina ad me aurem tuam accelera ut eripias me.