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Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!
Exult, all creation around God's throne!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!

Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor,
radiant in the brightness of your King!
Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes for ever!

Rejoice, O Mother Church! Exult in glory!
The risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
echoing the mighty song of all God's people!

My dearest friends,
standing with me in this holy light,
join me in asking God for mercy,

that he may give his unworthy minister
grace to sing his Easter praises.


Deacon: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Deacon: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Deacon: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is truly right
that with full hearts and minds and voices
we should praise the unseen God, the all-powerful Father,
and his only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.


For Christ has ransomed us with his blood,
and paid for us the price of Adam's sin to our eternal Father!

This is our passover feast,
when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain,
whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers.

This is the night
when first you saved our fathers:
you freed the people of Israel from their slavery
and led them dry-shod through the sea.

This is the night
when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin!

This is the night
when Christians everywhere,
washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement,
are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

This is the night
when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.

What good would life have been to us,
had Christ not come as our Redeemer?
Father, how wonderful your care for us!
How boundless your merciful love!
To ransom a slave you gave away your Son.

O happy fault,
O necessary sin of Adam,
which gained for us so great a Redeemer!

Most blessed of all nights,
chosen by God to see Christ rising from the dead!

Of this night scripture says:
"The night will be as clear as day:
it will become my light, my joy."

The power of this holy night dispels all evil,
washes guilt away, restores lost innocence,
brings mourners joy;
it casts out hatred, brings us peace,
and humbles earthly pride.

Night truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth
and man is reconciled with God!

Therefore, heavenly Father,
in the joy of this night,
receive our evening sacrifice of praise,
your Church's solemn offering.

Accept this Easter candle,
a flame divided but undimmed,
a pillar of fire that glows to the honor of God.

(For it is fed by the melting wax,
which the mother bee brought forth
to make this precious candle.)

Let it mingle with the lights of heaven
and continue bravely burning
to dispel the darkness of this night!

May the Morning Star which never sets
find this flame still burning:
Christ, that Morning Star,
who came back from the dead,
and shed his peaceful light on all mankind,
your Son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.
1 comments so far:
    dini March 25, 2008 at 7:46 PM , said...

    Exsultet iam angelica turba caelorum
    exsultent divina mysteria
    et pro tanti regis victoria
    tuba insonet salutaris

    Gaudeat et tellus tantis irradiata fulgoribus
    et, aeterni regis splendore illustrata
    totius orbis se sentiat amisisse caliginem.

    Laetetur et mater Ecclesia
    tanti luminis adornata fulgoribus:
    et magnis populorum vocibus haec aula resultet.


    (Quapropter astantes vos, fratres carissimi,
    ad tam miram huius sancti luminis claritatem,
    una mecum, quaeso,
    Dei omnipotentis misericordiam invocate.

    Ut, qui me non meis meritis
    intra Levitarum numerum dignatus est aggregare
    luminis sui claritatem infundens
    cerei huius laudem implere perficiat.)

    (V: Dominus vobiscum.

    A: Et cum spiritu tuo.)

    V: Sursum corda.

    A: Habemus ad Dominum.

    V: Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.

    A: Dignum et iustum est.

    Vere dignum et iustum est,
    invisibilem Deum Patrem omnipotentem
    Filiumque eius unigenitum,
    Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum,
    toto cordis ac mentis affectu
    et vocis ministerio personare.

    Qui pro nobis aeterno Patri Adae debitum solvit
    et veteris piaculi cautionem pio cruore detersit.

    Haec sunt enim festa paschalia,
    in quibus vere ille Agnus occiditur,
    cuius sanguine postes fidelium consecrantur.


    Haec nox est,
    in qua primum patres nostros, filios Israel,
    eductos de Aegypto,
    Mare Rubrum sicco vestigio transire fecisti.

    Haec igitur nox est,
    quae peccatorum tenebras
    columnae illuminatione purgavit.

    Haec nox est,
    quae hodie per universum mundum in Christum credentes
    a vitiis saeculi, et caligine peccatorum segregatos,
    reddit gratiae,
    sociat sanctitati.


    Haec nox est,
    in qua, destructis vinculis mortis,
    Christus ab inferis victor ascendit.

    Nihil enim nobis nasci profuit,
    nisi redimi profuisset.

    O mira circa nos tuae pietatis dignatio!
    O inaestimabilis dilectio caritatis:
    ut servum redimeres, Filium tradidisti!

    O certe necessarium Adae peccatum,
    quod Christi morte deletum est!


    O felix culpa,
    quae talem ac tantum meruit habere Redemptorem!

    O vere beata nox,
    quae sola meruit scire tempus et horam,
    in qua Christus ab inferis resurrexit!

    Haec nox est, de qua scriptum est:
    Et nox sicut dies illuminabitur:
    et nox illuminatio mea in deliciis meis.

    Huius igitur sanctificatio noctis
    fugat scelera,
    culpas lavat:
    et reddit innocentiam lapsis,
    et maestis laetitiam.
    Fugat odia,
    concordiam parat,
    et curvat imperia.

    In huius igitur noctis gratia, suscipe, sancte Pater,
    laudis huius sacrificium vespertinum,
    quod tibi in haec cerei oblatione sollemni,
    per ministrorum manus
    de operibus apum, sacrosancta reddit ecclesia.


    Sed iam columnae huius praeconia novimus,
    quam in honorem Dei rutilans ignis accendit.

    Qui, licet sit divisus in partes,
    mutuati tamen luminis detrimenta non novit.

    Alitur enim liquantibus ceris,
    quas in substantiam pretiosae huius lampadis
    apis mater eduxit.

    O vere beata nox,
    in qua terrenis caelestia,
    humanis divina iunguntur!

    Oramus ergo te, Domine,
    ut cereus iste in honorem tui nominis consecratus,
    ad noctis huius caliginem destruendam,
    indeficiens perseveret.
    Et in odorem suavitatis acceptus,
    supernis luminaribus misceatur.

    Flammas eius lucifer matutinus inveniat:
    Ille, inquam, lucifer, qui nescit occasum:
    Christus Filius tuus,
    qui regressus ab inferis,
    humano generi serenus illuxit,
    et vivit et regnat in saecula saeculorum.
    Amen

    christ is risen!!!
    halleluja!!!

     

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