Eastertide

Christ yesterday and today

the Beginning and the End
the Alpha
and the Omega.
All time belongs to him
and all the ages.
To him be glory and power
through every age and for ever. Amen.

By his holy
and glorious wounds,
may Christ the Lord

guard us
and protect us. Amen.

May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.

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Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven,
exult, let Angel ministers of God exult,
let the triumph of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph!
Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her,
ablaze with light from her eternal King,
let all corners of the earth be glad,
knowing an end to gloom and darkness.
Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice,
arrayed with the lightning of his glory,
let this holy building shake with joy,
filled with the mighty voices of the peoples.
Therefore, dearest friends, standing in the awesome glory of this holy light,
invoke with me, I ask you,
the mercy of God almighty,
that he, who has been pleased to number me,
though unworthy, among the Levites,
may pour into me his light unshadowed,
that I may sing this candle’s perfect praises.

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O truly blessed night,
worthy alone to know the time and hour
when Christ rose from the underworld!

This is the night of which it is written:
The night shall be as bright as day,
dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness.

The sanctifying power of this night dispels wickedness,
washes faults away,
restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners,
drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty. 

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(exerpts from the English translation of the Easter Vigil Mass in St Peter’s basilica, 4th April 2015.)

He is Risen, Alleluia Alleluia! Happy Easter all!

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