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TAWWAF PSALM – RECITATIVE TUNES
Each service has a specific tawwaf psalm that is chanted. The tunes are placed on the text based on the season. The most common tawwaf used is a combination of two psalms which are chanted in the presence of the bishops: Marou[acf. The bishop can be present during any season, and therefore this tawwaf was used as the reference to teach the cantors and preserve the different tunes.
Offering of Incense
This tune is the same as the intermediate tune of the offering of incense psalm chant. There is one slight alteration to the tune that was made by the cantors due to time constraint; they connect two verses together instead of musically concluding each verse separately. (See the recording by Deacon Ibrahim for the Palm Sunday Tawwaf.)
Liturgy of the Word
This tune is specific to the tawwaf of the liturgy of the Word and IS NOT taken from the intermediate tune of the annual psalm!
The tawwaf psalm of the festive occasions is the same tune as the intermediate tune of the psalm.
The recitative tune of the month of kiahk is the same as that of the kiahk intermediate psalm.
The following photos are selections of other tawwaf psalms used throughout the seasons of the year.
Summary of the Psalm Chant
- The psalms are chanted directly after the litany of the gospel is prayed.
- There are two melismas for liturgical services; one for the offering of incense and the other for the liturgy of the word. These melismas encompass the first two phrases of the psalms.
- The second two verses of the psalm are chanted in an intermediate tune and are followed by the tawwaf psalm which is chanted in a recitative tune. In 3 out of the 4 occasions, the recitative tune is taken from the intermediate chant.
- The priest begins to offer incense at the start of the third and fourth verses of the psalm while the deacons begin to enter the sanctuary in preparation for the procession of the gospel.