Rejoice, heavenly choirs of angels.
Rejoice, 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.
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 you, Lord our God,
first saved our ancestors in the faith;
you delivered the people of Israel
from their salvery
and led them dry-shod through the sea.
This is the night when Christ broke
the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.
This is the night truly blessed, when heaven is wedded to earth,
and all creation is reconciled with God.
Therefore, Father, in the joy of this night,
receive our sacrifice of praise and
Let us sing with joy,
joining the mighty chorus
of all God’s people!
The “Exultet” is an ancient hymn of the Roman Catholic Church, an Easter proclamation which recounts the saving acts of God in the Old and New Testaments. Historically, the Exultet was sung only once each year at the beginning of the Paschal (Easter) Vigil Service. That service began on Saturday night in darkness and ended on Easter Sunday morning in the light.
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