Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels!
Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!
Sound the trumpet of salvation!
Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor,
Christ has conquered! Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes forever!
Rejoice, O Mother Church!
The risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
Echoing the mighty song of all God’s people!
It is truly right
We should praise the unseen God,
the all-powerful Father,
and God’s 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,
whose blood consecrates the homes
of all believers.
This is the night when first you saved our fathers:
from their slavery
and led them dry-shod through the sea.
This is the night when Christians everywhere . . .
This is the night when Jesus Christ
and rose triumphant from the grave.
Father, how wonderful your care for us!
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!
Night truly blessed when
and humankind is reconciled with God.
Therefore, heavenly Father,
in the joy of this night,
receive our evening sacrifice of praise,
your church’s solemn offering.
From the Liturgy for the Easter Vigil
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