Saturday, April 15, 2006

Solumn Vigil of Easter

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.

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Tonight is the Vigil of the Resurrection. It is tonight when the Church begins to celebrate the rising of Jesus Christ from the dead and declares eternal victory over the Grave-it is the Passover of the Lord, a passing over from death to life.

I always think at this time of the new Christians who will be baptized this evening. I always pray that they will remain true to the faith that they have been taught, that they will do as St. Jude said and "earnestly contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints." There will be many who do not do this, who will be half-hearted or lukewarm. If only one person of the bunch remains true, that is one more who will stand with the great Remnant for all that is right in the Last Days.

In ages past, some people died to do what the newly-baptized will do tonight, have they counted the cost of their redemption. I earnestly hope and pray that someone frequently reminds them.


2 Comments:

At Sunday, April 16, 2006 10:06:00 PM, Blogger Chucko said...

Hey Dave, did I not attend an Easter Vigil mass with you and Fr. Chris one year in Dayton?

 
At Sunday, April 16, 2006 11:08:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Yes Charles, I seem to recall that it was at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Smithville Road in Dayton.

Indeed, I believe that was the last time I had the pleasure of worshiping with you-it was a very long time ago.

 

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