Saturday, March 31, 2018

Exsultet, Praeconium paschale


R ejoice 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 forever!


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!


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 clear as day:
it will become my light, my joy.”

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