Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth,
bright with a glorious splendor,
for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal King.
Rejoice and be glad now, Mother Church,
and let your holy courts, in radiant light,
resound with the praises of your people.
All you who stand near this marvelous and holy flame,
pray with me to God the Almighty
for the grace to sing the worthy praise of this great light:
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
It is truly right and good, always and everywhere, with our
whole heart and mind and voice, to praise you, the invisible,
almighty, and eternal God, and your only-begotten Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord; for he is the true Paschal Lamb, who
at the feast of the Passover paid for us the debt of Adam’s sin,
and by his blood delivered your faithful people.
Now therefore, we sacrifice our paschal feast,
in which for us the very lamb of God is slain;
by his blood, his faithful people are made holy.
This is the night, when you brought our forebears,
the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt,
and led them through the Red Sea on dry land.
This is the night, when all who believe in Christ are delivered
from the gloom of sin, and are restored to grace and holiness of life.
This is the night, when Christ broke the bonds of death and hell,
and rose victorious from the grave.
How wonderful and beyond our knowing, O God, is your
mercy and loving-kindness to us, that to redeem a slave,
you gave a Son.
O happy fault, o necessary sin of Adam,
which gained for us so great a Redeemer.
How holy is this night, when wickedness is put to flight, and sin is washed away.
It restores innocence to the fallen, and joy
to those who mourn. It casts out pride and hatred,
and brings peace and concord.
How blessed is this night, when earth and heaven are joined
and we are reconciled with God.
Therefore, Holy Father, accept the evening sacrifice of this lighted candle,
which your holy church makes before you
and offers to you by the hands of your servants,
the work of the bees, your creatures.
May it shine continually to drive away all darkness
as we celebrate the glad solemnity of your redemption.
May Christ, the Morning Star who knows no
setting, find it ever burning—
who gives his light to all creation,
and who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever. Amen.