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It is sung by the choir as the body is being taken out of the church. In the Masses for the dead, this antiphon is sung in procession on the way from the final blessing of the corpse in church to the graveyard where burial takes place. The Gregorian melody for In paradisum is in the Mixolydian mode.
The From Requiem - Various - Classic Hits 3 - 50 Unbeatable Tracks nature of this mode — with its lowered seventh degree, which makes it different from Fountains - Starcastle - Fountains Of Light modern major mode — is heard twice in this melody at cadences on the words Chorus Angelorum and quondam paupere.
The melodic highpoint in this setting comes on the name of Lazarusthe poor beggar in Luke's Gospel. Two adaptations of In paradisum have been written in English. Bob Dufford wrote In Paradisum version called "Songs of the Angels". Either of these, or the traditional Latin version, are sung at contemporary Catholic funeral masses. In Paradisum served as the inspiration for popular Gospel-turned-jazz piece " When the Saints Go Marching In ", which share the same first four notes, similar textual meaning, and use during the funeral procession of the body from the church to the cemetery.
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