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Rejoice, heavenly powers!


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.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up 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 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 slav’ry,
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 ev’rywhere,
washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement,
are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

This is the night,
when Jesus 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 we are reconciled to 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. Amen.

The Exultet, sung by the deacon at the start of the Easter Vigil.

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Mr Flapatap

posted April 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm

The only thing that scares me about ordination (a year and change away) is having to subject the parish to my singing. Thanks for the remider!

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posted April 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm

And if the priest and the deacon aren’t up to it, there may be cantors who can help :-). In one parish I was in, it was always done by two male cantors and choir, (the old NPM Everett Freese version)
My current (80% Hispanic) parish has the presider chant the Spanish, while I, as cantor, do the English. Tonight will be the second time we have used the bilingual version by Pedro Rubalcava. It has a great refrain for choir and the people: “This is the night! This is the night! This is the night. Esta es la noche! Esta es la noche!Esta es la noche!” It is very exciting.
Thanks for posting the full text, Greg. I really think people need to read it over and meditate on it to prepare for Easter.

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Deacon Norb

posted April 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I’ve been a deacon since 1978 and have sung the Exsultet in four different parishes and may have done it 20-25 times. It is always a sweat drenching, exhausting and humbling ministry. I’m writing this less than 15 minutes after I returned home from the 2010 Holy Saturday Mass. As I read over the words Greg printed, I was singing it again!
Praise the Lord !

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Deacon Garth

posted April 4, 2010 at 4:27 am

Mr Flapatap don’t worry about subjecting your parish to your voice. I felt exactly the same when I was ordained 4 years ago. It’s what comes from the heart that counts. Your parishioners will forgive you when they hear you belt out the Deacon’s love song to God.
Thanks Deacon Greg for this blog, it’s been an inspiration to me since you’ve started it. Happy Easter!

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posted April 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm

At my parish in the Archdiocese of Ottawa a cantor has sung it for as long as I’ve been there.

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posted April 4, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I sung (cantor) last night at my parish. I just did the Sacramentary chant version which is as close to the Latin original as possible currently (though the new translation I’ve seen comes much closer, bringing back the bees and mother bee, etc.) You should really pull for Latin in the parish if at all feasible, it flows off the tongue much more naturally than the English translation (which is a bit clunky in its flow), and the music fits better too.

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Rob W.

posted April 13, 2010 at 11:19 am

I’ve always sung the Exsultet in Latin.
Suffice it to say Holy Mother Church gives us a rich heritage in music using the Latin tongue. Prepared for well and used properly, “lingua latinum” adds much to any liturgy!

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