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The Exultet
The Roman Missal | 500 AD

Posted on 04/07/2007 3:00:24 PM PDT by markomalley

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.

Deacon: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Deacon: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Deacon: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: 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 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 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 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.


TOPICS: Catholic; Prayer; Worship
From the Catholic Encyclopedia:

"The hymn in praise of the paschal candle sung by the deacon, in the liturgy of Holy Saturday. In the missal the title of the hymn is "Praeconium", as appears from the formula used at the blessing of the deacon: "ut digne et competenter annunties suum Paschale praeconium . Outside Rome, the use of the paschal candle appears to have been very ancient in Italy, Gaul, Spain, and perhaps, from the reference by St. Augustine (De Civ. Dei, XV, xxii), in Africa. The Liber Pontificalis attributes its introduction in the local Roman Church to Pope Zosimus. The formula used for the "Praeconium" was not always the "Exultet", though it is perhaps true to say that this formula has survived, where other contemporary formulae have disappeared. In the "Liber Ordinum", for instance, the formula is of the nature of a benediction, and the Gelasian Sacramentary has the prayer "Deus mundi conditor", not found elsewhere, but containing the remarkable "praise of the bee -- possibly a Vergilian reminiscence -- which is found with more or less modification in all the texts of the "Praeconium" down to the present day. The regularity of the metrical cursus of the "Exultet" would lead us to place the date of its composition perhaps as early as the fifth century, and not later than the seventh. The earliest manuscript in which it appears are those of the three Gallican Sacramentaries: -- the Bobbio Missal (seventh century), the Missale Gothicum and the Missale Gallicanum Vetus (both of the eighth century). The earliest manuscript of the Gregorian Sacramentary (Vat. Reg. 337) does not contain the "Exultet", but it was added in the supplement to what has been loosely called the Sacramentary of Adrian, and probably drawn up under the direction of Alcuin."

1 posted on 04/07/2007 3:00:26 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: Mad Dawg; Salvation; Knitting A Conundrum; Pyro7480; Nihil Obstat; NYer; Coleus; narses; trisham; ..

A joyous Easter to you all!

2 posted on 04/07/2007 3:05:08 PM PDT by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus CINO-RINO GRAZIE NO)
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3 posted on 04/07/2007 3:07:59 PM PDT by narses ("Freedom is about authority." - Rudolph Giuliani)
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To: markomalley

Great, glad you posted this. I will add it to the Easter Vigil Link List.

4 posted on 04/07/2007 5:02:07 PM PDT by Salvation (" With God all things are possible. ")
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To: markomalley

I want to know who has sung this as a solo? Wondrous deed, indeed.

5 posted on 04/07/2007 5:03:38 PM PDT by Salvation (" With God all things are possible. ")
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To: Salvation
The Exultet

The Dark before Dawn

Easter and the Holy Eucharist(Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil

Easter Day and Easter Season

RCIA and Holy Saturday

THE EASTER LITURGY [Easter Vigil] (Anglican and Catholic Rites)

Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil

Poles visit symbolic Christ's Graves on Holy Saturday

Easter Vigil tonight


6 posted on 04/07/2007 5:03:59 PM PDT by Salvation (" With God all things are possible. ")
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To: markomalley
These three sacred things are used tonight in the Vigil Mass of the Lord's Resurrection!

Being Catholic: Sacred Things, [Holy] Water

Being Catholic: Sacred Things, [New] Fire, Paschal Candle

Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Holy Oils

7 posted on 04/07/2007 5:04:49 PM PDT by Salvation (" With God all things are possible. ")
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To: markomalley

This hymm brings one to appriciate a gift from the early Roman Church.

8 posted on 04/07/2007 8:42:10 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: Salvation

I have. It’s one of my very favorite things to chant.

9 posted on 04/07/2007 9:31:08 PM PDT by pbear8 (Padre Pio please pray for Tony Snow.)
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To: Salvation

Me. I have sung it. Just about bust a gut. Worth it. If you could die while signing the Exsultet, you wouldn’t notice. You’d just keep on singing.

10 posted on 04/08/2007 1:31:48 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Tactical shotty, Marlin 1894c, S&W 686P, Sig 226 & 239, Beretta 92fs & 8357, Glock 22, & attitude!)
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To: Mad Dawg; pbear8

I am in awe of anyone who sings this. Our entire choir sang it last night.

11 posted on 04/08/2007 4:47:37 PM PDT by Salvation (" With God all things are possible. ")
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To: markomalley

Sacred readings bump.

12 posted on 03/22/2008 8:08:55 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Ciexyz; Salvation; narses; NYer; Pyro7480; Coleus

Ciexyz, thanks for bumping this.

All: Joyous resurrection ping!

13 posted on 03/22/2008 8:11:22 PM PDT by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Salvation

Easter vigil bump.

14 posted on 03/22/2008 8:12:44 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: markomalley
Here's wishing you a joyous and blessed Easter Sunday as we celebrate Resurrection Day. May it be a day of peace for everyone reading this message.
15 posted on 03/22/2008 8:16:09 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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