This is the night

Christ is Risen!

He is Risen indeed!

As the clock strikes midnight, I have eaten my piece of poticia and piece of chocolate, and now I’m headed to bed.

My parents and I were just happy participants of a glorious 2 hour and 45 minute Easter Vigil, at which my dear friend Dan was baptized, confirmed, and received his first Holy C0mmunion.  We recalled the splendid history of our salvation and celebrated the fulfillment of all Israel’s longings, the Paschal Mystery of Christ.

For those of you who went to the Vigil — wasn’t the new translation of the Exultet amazing!?  Wowzers.

This is the night, when you once led our forebears, Israel’s children, from slavery in Egypt and made them pass dry-shod through the Red Sea.

This is the night that with a pillar of fire banished the darkness of sin.

This is the night that even now, throughout the world, sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin, leading them to grace and joining them to His holy ones.

This is the night, when Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld.

Our birth would have been no gain, had we not been redeemed.  O wonder of your humble care for us!  O love, O charity beyond all telling, to ransom a slave you gave away your Son!

On this, your night of grace, O holy Father, accept this candle, a solemn offering, the work of bees and of your servant’s hands, an evening sacrifice of praise, this gift from your most holy Church.

 But now we know the praises of this pillar, which glowing fire ignites for God’s honor, a fire into many flames divided, yet never dimmed by sharing of its light, for it is fed by melting wax, drawn out by mother bees to build a torch so precious.

O truly blessed night, when things of heaven are wed to those of early, and divine to the human.

 

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