Easter Exultet

Rejoice heavenly spirits!
Sing choirs of angels!
Exult all creation around God.
Jesus Christ, our Savior is risen!

The Exultet has roots in the first centuries of Christianity.
In form, it is a “thanksgiving,” with similarities to the Eucharistic prayer.
It is a call to exult, to rejoice, to sing!

Sound the trumpet of salvation!
Rejoice, O earth,
in shining splendor,
radiant in the brightness of your God.

The Exultet calls to mind the greatness of God in the paschal mystery.
Through the chanted melody we remember the history of salvation
and meditate on the effects of that salvation in the life of every believer.

Christ has conquered!
Glory fills you!
Darkness vanishes forever!
Exult in glory!
The risen Savior shines upon you!
Let this place resound with joy,
echoing the joyous song of all God’s people!

The text of the Exultet invites heaven, earth and the people of God
to rejoice in this “most blessed of all nights.”
It recalls Israel’s exodus,
then proclaims a new exodus as Christians everywhere
move from slavery to freedom,
and all people of God share in the rising of Christ.

This is the night!
This is the night! This is the night!
This is the night when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.

With great rejoicing the Paschal Candle is offered,
“a pillar of fire, mingled with the lights of heaven,”
where we meet Christ, the Morning Star,
whose resurrection dispels darkness forever.

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!

Christ is risen! Christ is truly risen!