EXSULTET
(The Easter Proclamation)


[After the candle bearer places the paschal candle in its stand, the deacon or assisting minister turns to face the people and chants or speaks the Exsultet.]

Rejoice now, all you heavenly choirs of angels;
Rejoice now, all creation;
Sound forth, trumpet of salvation,
And proclaim the triumph of our King.
Rejoice too, all the earth,
In the radiance of the light now poured upon you
And made brilliant by the brightness of the everlasting King;
Know that the ancient darkness has been forever banished.
Rejoice, O Church of Christ,
Clothed in the brightness of this light;
Let all this house of God ring out with rejoicing,
With the praises of all God's faithful people.

[The following exchange between the presiding pastor and the congregation takes place.]

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
It is good and right so to do.

[The presiding pastor then chants or speaks the conclusion of the he Exsultet.]

It is truly good, right, and salutary
That we should at all times and in all places,
With all our heart and mind and voice,
Praise You, O Lord, Holy Father, almighty everlasting God,
And your only begotten Son,
Jesus Christ.
For He is the very Paschal Lamb
Who offered Himself for the sin of the world,
Who has cleansed us by the shedding of His precious blood.

This is the night
When You brought our fathers, the children of Israel,
Out of bondage in Egypt
And led them through the Red Sea on dry ground.

This is the night
When all who believe in Christ
Are delivered from bondage to sin
And are restored to life and immortality.

This is the night
When Christ, the Life, rose from the dead.

The seal of the grave is broken
And the morning of a new creation breaks forth out of night.
How wonderful and beyond all telling is Your mercy toward us, O God,
That to redeem a slave You gave Your Son.

How holy is this night
When all wickedness is put to flight
And sin is washed away.

How holy is this night
When innocence is restored to the fallen
And joy is given to those downcast.

How blessed is this night
When man is reconciled to God in Christ.

Holy Father,
Accept now the evening sacrifices of our thanksgiving and praise.
Let Christ, the true light and morning star, shine in our hearts,
He who gives light to all creation,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever.
Amen.