Sunday, April 04, 2010

The Lord is Risen!

This is the night, when you brought our fathers, 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.

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 man is reconciled to God.

~from the Exsultet, a sung portion of the Easter Vigil liturgy, which Father Rooster sings so beautifully every year!

(The photo is a close-up of the altar at our church, taken by my husband.)

1 comment:

Janice Skivington said...

I really am enjoying your Easter posts. Thanks for the poetry, enriches my day.