Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Easter Vigil from the Vatican Basilica

"Lumen Christi"

The deacon chants the Exultet

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.


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 slavery
and led them dry-shod through the sea.

This is the night
when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin!

This is the night
when Christians everywhere,
washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement,
are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

This is the night
when Jesus Christ 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 man is reconciled with 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.

(For it is fed by the melting wax,
which the mother bee brought forth
to make this precious candle.)

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.

The Readings

First reading

Second reading

Third reading

Fourth reading

At the Gloria, the bells of the Vatican Basilica ring out over the City

The candles on the altar are now lit as the Gloria is sung

"Beatissime Pater, annuntio vobis gaudium magnum, quod est Alleluia." (Holy Father, I announce to you a great joy, which is Alleluia) -- after which our Holy Father was seen with a joyful smile.

The Holy Father sings the Alleluia sequence

The Holy Gospel

The Homily

We now prepare for a time which will prove moving and memorable for many people, to be seen in many cathedrals and churches across the world this evening; as the Litany of Saints is sung, the Church Triumphant invoked, we prepare for the reception of the catechumens into the Church.

While the "Veni Creator" is chanted, the new Catholics are confirmed

The Mass of the Faithful

Cardinal Canizares Llovera, Prefect of the CDW

The Consecration

A beautiful view of the papal altar with its central altar cross, seven candlesticks and beautiful antipendium

The Holy Father distributes communion to the new Catholics

"Regina coeli, laetare, alleluia."

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