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The Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) April 12, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Family, History, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Religion.
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May you all have a holy and blessed Easter. He is Risen, Alleluia!

I attended the Holy Saturday Vigil with my wife and daughter, and while a tediously long service at times, I truly enjoyed the chanting of the Exsultet by the deacon.

The symbolism of the dark Church lighting up with the Easter Candle, reflecting the triumph of Jesus and the Light against death and darkness, is awesome. And the chanting of the Proclamation explains, at least to me, what Easter is all about.

The text follows:

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.]

[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 our God.
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 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

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.

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.

R. Amen.

[Source: The 1975 Sacramentary. This is said or sung
during the Easter Vigil,
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
another person may
sing, but omit the bracketed words of “My dearest friends,

Or Latin:
Exultet iam angelica turba caelorum:
exultent 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.

Vers. Dominus vobiscum.
Resp. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Vers. Sursum corda.
Resp. Habemus ad Dominum.
Vers. Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.
Resp. 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 verus 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 Christo 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.

O vere beata nox,
in qua terrenis caelestia, humanis divina iunguntur!¹

In huius igitur noctis gratia, suscipe, sancte Pater,
laudis huius sacrificium vespertinum,
quod tibi in hac 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.²

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.

Resp. Amen.


1. wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

Man yvonne is hot!!!

the only classic indian in american film.

2. Lipstick - April 12, 2009

Thank you Eddie. That was beautiful.

3. wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

He is the superstar

I’m an atheist, but I was raised catholic.

That guy is a superstar.

4. wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

pattyann LOOK

I told you, he’s a pretty man, and it’s a good song.

5. wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

Oh, crap, too’s aenima is another first word to last, album.

Man Tool is AWESOME!!!!!

6. wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

I think Zack De La Rocha is an idiot, but I LOVE allen ginsberg, and THIS is poetry at it’s best.

7. wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

zack and allen together is poetry.

8. wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

hows this for irony?

9. wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

a great great great line “one of these days i’m gonna sell my soul and let them find out what they bought.”


10. wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

“hungry and hollow from all the things you took away”

Yeahp, thats why we sat on the beach.

11. wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

the tachyon 30 years ago.

Nice ass.

12. GrumpyUnk - April 12, 2009

Hope you all have a nice Easter. I’m off to fight the Zombie Hordes in the ER.

13. Wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

random thing, we got this candle, I forget what they call them, those pillar candles, that are in tall narrow glass containers?

Anyways we always have a candle burning in the apartment, and friday, I started to light up one of the scented candles, and mom said “no lets burn this one.” and it’s the tower candle with an image of christ on it.

“You want to burn jesus on good friday? are you a jew?”

14. Mrs. Peel - April 12, 2009

Happy Easter, all!

15. Wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

He’s not dead?

Then what was up with that whole drama queen thing a few days ago?

what an attention whore.

16. nicedeb - April 12, 2009

Happy Easter everyone!

I’m off to chow down on some chocolate!

17. Wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

I like this vid, because you can see the needle crawl up the 45.

Man I feel 8 years old.

18. Wickedpinto - April 12, 2009

also if you look at that turntable, it’s got a variable bias on the right, that guy is like dad, a true audiophile.

19. kevlarchick - April 13, 2009

Thank you for the post eddie. I did not go to the Vigil mass this year. I usually do, just for the ancient rite of rebirth that it is. It’s beautiful.

Now I have a belly ache from too much chocolate.

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