The Easter Proclamation (Exultet) of Easter Vigil 
by Christopher Walker (1987) OCP Publications 

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Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! 
              Exult, all creation around Godís throne!
              Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
              Sound the trumpet of salvation!
Rejoice, 0 earth, in shining splendor,
              radiant in the brightness of your King!
              Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!
              Darkness vanishes for ever!
Rejoice, 0 Mother Church! Exult in glory!
              The risen Savior shines upon you!
              Let this place resound with joy,
              echoing the mighty song of all Godís 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.]
 The Lord be with you.  R/.And also with you.
 Lift up your hearts.   R/.We lift them up to the Lord.
 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 Adamís 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, 0 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:
              ďThe night will be as clear as day:
              it will become my light, my joy.Ē
 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 Churchís 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.
Amen, amen. Amen, amen.Amen, amen.

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