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.

Click here to read the notes on Alleluias in Modes 1 & 3.

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Scroll down to view the original lyrics in Latin and their English translations.

Laetatus sum in his quae dicta sunt mihi:
in domum Domini ibimus.
Translation: I was glad when they said unto me: let us go into the house of the Lord.
Ps. 121:1 GT19
M2: Second Sunday of Advent
Surrexit altissimus de sepulchro qui pro nobis pependit in ligno.
Translation: The most high has arisen from the sepulchre, he who for us hung from the tree.
M90: Fourth Sunday after Easter
Omnes gentes plaudite manibus:
iubilate Deo in voce exsultationis.
Translation: Clap your hands all ye people; jubilate to God with a voice of exaltation.
Ps. 46: 2(=1) GT298
M101bis: Vigil of the Ascension
Domine Deus meus in te speravi:
salvum me fac ex omnibus persequentibus me
et libera me.
Translation: O Lord my God in thee have I trusted: save me from all those that persecute me, and make me free.
Ps. 7: 2(=1) GT262
Mirabilis Dominus noster in sanctis suis.
Translation: Wonderful is our God in his saints.
Ps. 67:36 GT462
M24: Fabian & Sebastian (20 January)
Iustus ut palma florebit et sicut cedrus multiplicabitur.
Translation: The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree, and like the cedar shall multiply.
Ps. 91:13 GT516
M95: Vitalis (28 April)
Qui timent Dominum sperent in eo: adiutor et protector eorum est.
Translation: Let those who fear the Lord hope in him: he is their helper and protector.
Ps. 113:19 (11) GT352
M97: Alexander et al. (3 May)
Fulgebunt iusti et tamquam scintillae in arundineto discurrent in aeternum.
Translation: The righteous shall shine and like sparks shall sweep through the rubble in eternity.
Wisdom 3:7 GT460
M99: Nereus et al. (12 May)
Iusti epulentur exsultent in conspectu Dei:
delectentur in laetitia.
Translation: Let the just exult in the sight of God: may they be delighted with gladness.
Ps. 67:4 GT461
M114: Basilidis et al. (14 June)
Veni Domine et noli tardare:
relaxa facinora plebis tuae.
Translation: Come, O Lord, and do not delay: loose the chains of thy people.
M7bis: Fourth Sunday of Advent
Iubilate Deo omnis terra:
servite Domino in laetitia.
Translation: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands: serve the Lord in gladness.
Ps. 99: 2(=1) GT258
M19: First Sunday after Epiphany
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.
Translation: In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness, and save me. Bow down thine ear to me: deliver me speedily.
Ps. 30: 2(=1), 3 GT296
M82: feria ii in Easter Week
Domine Deus salutis meae in die clamavi et nocte coram te.
Translation: O Lord God of my salvation day and night have I cried unto thee.
Ps. 87: 2(=1) GT317
M187: Sunday 15 after Pentecost
Paratum cor meum Deus paratum cor meum:
cantabo et psallam in gloria mea.
Translation: My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
Ps. 107: 2(=1) GT344
M103: Sunday after Ascension
Adducentur regi virgines post eam:
proximae eius offerentur tibi in laetitia.
Translation: The virgins are brought before the king after her: Her family is presented to thee in gladness.
Ps. 44: 15, 16
M25: Agnes I (21 January)