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
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
that he may give his unworthy minister
grace to sing his Easter
[V. The Lord
be with you.
R. And also with you.]
V. Lift up your hearts.
R. We lift them up to the Lord.
V. Let us give thanks to the Lord
R. 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
has ransomed us with his blood,
and paid for us the price of Adam's sin
to our eternal Father!
This is our passover
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.
have been to us,
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
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
"The night will
be as clear as day:
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
Night truly blessed when heaven
is wedded to earth
is reconciled with God!
Therefore, heavenly Father, in the joy of this night,
receive our evening sacrifice
your Church's solemn offering.
Accept this Easter
a flame divided but undimmed,
a pillar of fire that glows to the honor of God.
Let it mingle with the lights
and continue bravely burning
to dispel the darkness of this night!
May the morning Star which never sets find this flame
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.
[Source: The 1975 Sacramentary. This is said or sung
during the Easter
after the Easter
candle is lit. The deacon usually sings
this proclamation, or
the priest. If there is no deacon or priest
to sing, then
sing, but omit the bracketed words of "My dearest friends,
O Jesus, Who has said, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened," through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.
(Make your request)
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