Extract from Ruth Fehlker, “I Sang the Exsultet: Representation Matters” in Shared Visions:
Two years ago I was asked to sing the Exsultet during the Easter Vigil. I had been working in the parish for only a few months and did not know at that point that I was the first woman to sing the great Easter vigil hymn in that church. After the service ended, I stood by one of the church doors, wishing people a happy Easter as they left – and I was astonished by their reaction. So many women (and a few men also) were visibly moved, some with tears in their eyes. This had little to do with the quality of my singing, I realized, and everything to do with the fact that they had witnessed a woman proclaiming the joy of the resurrection.