This is the night of nights,
the night of faith
and of hope.
While all is shrouded in darkness,
God, the Light, keeps watch.
With him there keep watch all who hope
and trust in Him.
this is truly your night!
As the last lights
of the Sabbath
and the fruit of your womb rests in the earth,
your heart too keeps watch!
and your hope
Behind the heavy stone,
they already detect the empty tomb;
behind the thick veil of darkness,
they glimpse the dawn of the Resurrection.
Grant, O Mother, that we too may keep watch in the silence
of the night,
believing and hoping in the Lord's word.
Thus shall we meet, in the fullness of light and life,
Christ, the first-fruits
of the risen,
who reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
[Source: L'Osservatore Romano, 3 April 2002, English Edition]
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